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January 19, 2022 60 min

Michael Schulman is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He recently profiled Jeremy Strong of Succession.

”There's an interesting moment that's part of this job where you’ve spent a lot of time with someone and it often feels very personal and very intimate. And then when you go to write the piece, you have to sort of take a breath and say to yourself, Okay, I'm not writing this for this person. I'm writing this for t...

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Sarah Marshall is a writer and hosts the podcast You're Wrong About.


”I love it when people tell me that listening to the way I talk about these people in the stories that we tell, and just about the world generally, has made them practice empathy more. I almost feel like I have preserved this a-little-bit-past version of myself, because I've been on this journey throughout the pandemic of becoming pretty cynical, and then d...

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January 5, 2022 52 min

Abe Streep is a journalist and contributing editor for Outside. His new book is Brothers on Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana.

”The way journalists talk about, ‘Did you get the story?’—that's not how I see this. That would be extractive in this setting, I think. If someone shares something personal with me, that is a serious matter. It's a gift and you’ve got to treat it with gre...

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December 29, 2021 54 min

Connie Walker is an investigative reporter and podcast host. Her latest show is Stolen: The Search for Jermain.


“For so long, there has been this kind of history of journalists coming in and taking stories from Indigenous communities. And that kind of extractive, transactional kind of journalism really causes a lot of harm. And so much of our work is trying to undo and address that. There is a way to be a storyteller and help amplif...

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December 22, 2021 61 min

Parul Sehgal, a former a book critic for The New York Times, is now a staff writer at The New Yorker.

“My job is I think to be honest with the reader and to keep surfacing new ways for me and for other people to think about books. New vocabularies of pleasure and disgust.”


Show notes:

  • parulsehgal.com
  • @parul_sehgal
  • Sehgal's New York Times archive
  • “Mothers of Invention: A Group of Authors Finds New Narrative Possibilities in Paren...
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    December 15, 2021 53 min

    George Saunders is the author of eleven books. His latest is A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life.

    ”I really have so much affection for being alive. I really enjoy it. And yet, I’m a little negative minded in a lot of ways too, like I really think things tend to be fucked up. ... To get that on the page—to sufficiently praise the loveliness of the world without being ...

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    December 8, 2021 52 min

    Emily Oster is an economist, professor, and author. Her new book is The Family Firm.

    ”[COVID] has been 18 months of being a person who is slightly more public, who is saying things that are somewhat more controversial, where people yell at me a lot. ... I do much less reading of the comments than I did early on because I found that eventually I just got mad and that's not a productive way to interact. And it affects how I think ...

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    December 1, 2021 49 min

    Kelefa Sanneh is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His book is Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres.


    “I’m always thinking about how to not be that person at a party who corners you and tells you about their favorite thing and you’re trying to get away. It’s got to feel light and fun. And what that means in practice is writing about music for readers who don’t care about music, while at the same time writing somet...

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    November 24, 2021 45 min

    Anita Hill is a professor and author. Her new book is Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence.

    "I really do feel that my life now has purpose. And my responsibility really is to live out that purpose as much as possible. The reason that this isn’t entirely daunting is that I realize I am one individual. And that the issues will not depend on me entirely. … But I also realize that every person who has the opport...

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    Ben Austen is a journalist and the author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Together they host the podcast Some of My Best Friends Are.


    ”We're not pretending to have all the an...

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    November 10, 2021 47 min

    Casey Johnston is a journalist and editor who writes the column "Ask A Swole Woman," which now appears in her newsletter ”She's a Beast.”

    ”I feel more comfortable lately with a sort of beloved-local-restaurant level of success. What's nice about Substack is that we've come to this place that I hope lasts where we can have this sort of local restaurant relationship with writers, or I can have that with readers, wh...

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    November 3, 2021 61 min

    Mitchell S. Jackson is a journalist and author. His profile of Ahmaud Arbery, ”Twelve Minutes and a Life,” won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

    ”What is 'great'? 'Great' isn’t really sales, right? No one cares what James Baldwin sold. So: Are you doing the important work?”


    Show notes:

  • @MitchSJackson
  • mitchellsjackson.com
  • Jackson on Longform
  • 00:00 "Twelve Minutes and a Life" (Runner’s World • Jun 202...
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    October 27, 2021 60 min

    Ben Smith is the media columnist for The New York Times. He was the founding editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News.

    ”I do think there's some kind of personality flaw deep in there of wanting to like, you know, find stuff out and tell people.... I'm not sure that's a totally sane or healthy personality trait, but it is definitely, for me, a personality trait…. I think that in political reporting, certainly, there's a kind ...

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    October 20, 2021 47 min

    Jay Caspian Kang is a contributor at New York Times Magazine. His new book is The Loneliest Americans.


    ”I have a lot of thoughts and talk to people to make sure my thoughts are right, or change them because I think they're wrong. What more does one want out of an intellectual life? It's good work.”


    Show notes:

  • @jaycaspiankang
  • Kang on Longform
  • Kang on Longform Podcast (Apr 2013)
  • Kang on Longform Podcast (Aug 2017)
  • Kan...
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    October 13, 2021 58 min

    Mary Roach is the author of seven nonfiction books, including her latest, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.


    "In these realms of the taboo, there's a tremendous amount of material that is really interesting, but that people have stayed away from. ... I'm kind of a bottom feeder. It's down there on the bottom where people don't want to go. But if that's what it takes to find interesting, new material, I'm f...

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    October 6, 2021 47 min

    E. Alex Jung is a senior writer for Vulture and New York


    ”When I'm in that space, I try to be a sponge. I'll just absorb whatever's happening or going on, and I'll be down to do mostly anything. I was actually thinking recently about what my limits would be in a profile. I was like—heroin? I don't think I would do that.”


    Show notes:

  • @e_alexjung
  • Jung on Longform
  • Jung's Vulture archive
  • 4:00 "Come as You Ar...
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    September 29, 2021 49 min

    Max Chafkin is a features editor and reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek. His new book is The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power.

    “I think there's like a really good way to come up with story ideas where you basically just look for people who have given TED Talks and figure out what they're lying about. And there's also a tendency in the press to pump up these startups based on those stories…. ...

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    September 22, 2021 57 min

    Hannah Giorgis is a staff writer at The Atlantic. Her latest feature is "Most Hollywood Writers’ Rooms Look Nothing Like America.”

    ”In general, when we talk about representation, we talk about what we see on our screens. We're talking about actors, we're talking about who are the lead characters, what are the storylines that they're getting. And I'm always interested in that. But I'm really, really interested...

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    September 15, 2021 54 min

    Sarah A. Topol is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine. Her latest feature is ”Is Taiwan Next?”

    ”I think you never actually ask people head-on about what they've been through. You always ask people to just tell you what they want to tell you about anything that has happened to them…. This event that happened to you, it doesn't define you. It’s not why I'm here necessarily. Like, tell me about your childhood....

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    September 8, 2021 47 min

    Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker.

    ”There’s nothing more important about a person than their story. In a way, that’s who we are. And yet, memories fade and people die. So those stories disappear and the job of the journalist is to go out before that happens and accumulate the kinds of stories that are going to help us understand who we are, why we are, where we are right no...

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