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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.

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Episode 535: Amy Chozick

Amy Chozick is an author, journalist, executive producer, and showrunner. Her latest feature for The New York Times is ”Liz Holmes Wants... more

24 May 2023 · 56 minutes
Episode 534: Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder is the author of eleven books, including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains. His latest is Rough Sleepers. “I... more

17 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Episode 533: Hua Hsu

Hua Hsu is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His book Stay True won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for memoir. “I've worked as... more

10 May 2023 · 45 minutes
Episode 532: Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is one of the founding editors of Wired, where his current title is Senior Maverick. His new book is Excellent... more

03 May 2023 · 47 minutes
Polk Award Winners: Terrence McCoy

Terrence McCoy is The Washington Post's Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief. He won the George Polk award for his series... more

28 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Polk Award Winners: Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is a photojournalist for The New York Times and National Geographic. She won the George Polk award for... more

27 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
Polk Award Winners: Tracy Wang and Nick Baker

Tracy Wang and Nick Baker of CoinDesk, along with their colleague Ian Allison, won the George Polk award for reporting... more

26 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Polk Award Winners: Lori Hinnant

Lori Hinnant is a reporter for the Associated Press. Along with videojournalist Mstyslav Chernov, photographer Evgeniy Maloletka, and video producer... more

25 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Polk Award Winners: Theo Baker

Theo Baker is the investigations editor at The Stanford Daily. The first college student ever to win a George Polk... more

24 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
Episode 531: David Grann

David Grann is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His new book is The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and... more

19 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Episode 530: Vann R. Newkirk II

Vann Newkirk II is a senior editor at The Atlantic and the host of Floodlines: The Story of an Unnatural Disaster.... more

12 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Episode 529: Liz Hoffman

Liz Hoffman, a former The Wall Street Journal reporter, is now the business and finance editor for Semafor. Her new book is Crash Landing:... more

05 Apr 2023 · 44 minutes
Episode 528: Roxanna Asgarian

Roxanna Asgarian is the law and courts reporter for the Texas Tribune. Her new book is We Were Once a Family: A... more

29 Mar 2023 · 58 minutes
Episode 527: Mary Childs

Mary Childs is a co-host of the podcast Planet Money and the author of The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market,... more

22 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
Episode 526: Laurel Braitman

Laurel Braitman is a science writer, the author of Animal Madness: Inside Their Minds, and the founder of Writing Medicine. Her... more

15 Mar 2023 · 1 hour,
Episode 525: Sam Fragoso

Sam Fragoso is a writer, filmmaker, and the host of the podcast Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso. “We have an hour together.... more

08 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Episode 524: Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he covers New York. His latest article is “The Mayor and... more

01 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
Episode 523: Willa Paskin

Willa Paskin, a former TV critic, is the host of the podcast Decoder Ring. “I want it to feel like a trap... more

22 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
Episode 522: Abraham Josephine Riesman

Abraham Josephine Riesman is a journalist who writes often for New York and is the author of True Believer: The Rise and... more

15 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Episode 521: Jonah Weiner

Jonah Weiner is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and co-author of the newsletter Blackbird Spyplane. “It's a version of myself.... more

08 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
Episode 520: Delia Cai

Delia Cai is the senior vanities correspondent for Vanity Fair and publishes the media newsletter Deez Links. Her debut novel Central Places is out this... more

01 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
Episode 519: Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein is a journalist and author. Her latest book is Unraveling. “The challenge is… to not want to say, I need to... more

25 Jan 2023 · 1 hour,
Episode 518: Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein is an audio producer and the host of Heavyweight. “I wasn’t taking myself very seriously, initially. I liked working with... more

18 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Episode 517: Katy Vine

Katy Vine is an executive editor for Texas Monthly. “This is a huge state. There’s so much, and it’s different everywhere you... more

11 Jan 2023 · 43 minutes
Rerun: #473 Khabat Abbas (Jan 2022)

Khabat Abbas is an independent journalist and video producer from northeastern Syria, and the winner of the 2021 Kurt Schork... more

04 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Rerun: #483 Chloé Cooper Jones (Apr 2022)

Chloé Cooper Jones is a philosopher and journalist whose work has appeared in GQ, The Verge, The Believer and many other publications. Her new... more

28 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
Episode 516: David Wolman

David Wolman is the author of six books and a magazine features writer who has written for Wired, Outside, and The New York... more

21 Dec 2022 · 47 minutes
Episode 515: Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a poet and a staff writer for The Atlantic. His most recent book is How the Word Is Passed: A... more

14 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Grant Wahl (1973-2022)

Grant Wahl was the founder of Fútbol with Grant Wahl, a longtime writer for Sports Illustrated, and the author of... more

12 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
Episode 514: Ryan O'Hanlon

Ryan O’Hanlon is a soccer writer for ESPN. His new book is Net Gains: Inside the Beautiful Game’s Analytics Revolution. “It wasn’t just... more

07 Dec 2022 · 58 minutes
Episode 513: Bradley Hope and Tom Wright

Bradley Hope and Tom Wright are former journalists at The Wall Street Journal, the co-founders of journalism studio Project Brazen, and the... more

30 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
Rerun: #481 Hanif Abdurraqib (Mar 2022)

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and critic whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and many... more

23 Nov 2022 · 49 minutes
Episode 512: Audie Cornish

Audie Cornish is a journalist and the former host of NPR’s All Things Considered. Her new CNN Audio podcast is The Assignment. “I... more

16 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
Episode 511: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer at the New York Times and the creator of the new Hulu television series Fleishman Is in... more

09 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
Episode 510: Nancy Updike and Jenelle Pifer

Nancy Updike is a founding producer and senior editor at This American Life. Jenelle Pifer, a former Longform Podcast editor, is a senior... more

02 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
Episode 509: Andy Kroll

Andy Kroll is an investigative reporter for ProPublica. His new book is A Death on W Street: The Murder of Seth Rich... more

26 Oct 2022 · 55 minutes
Episode 508: Erika Hayasaki

Erika Hayasaki has written for The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and The Atlantic. Her new book is Somewhere Sisters: A Story of Adoption,... more

19 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
Episode 507: Rachel Aviv

Rachel Aviv is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her new book is Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories... more

12 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
Episode 506: Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a writer for New York Times Magazine and the author of Boom Town. “I love being in that place where everything... more

05 Oct 2022 · 59 minutes
Episode 505: Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa are reporters for The Washington Post and co-authors of the new book His Name Is George Floyd: One... more

28 Sep 2022 · 44 minutes
Episode 504: Pablo Torre

Pablo Torre is a sports journalist and the host of the ESPN Daily podcast. “I have an open borders policy as a podcast.... more

21 Sep 2022 · 52 minutes
Episode 503: Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His new book is Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury. “I'm always trying... more

14 Sep 2022 · 57 minutes
Episode 502: Graciela Mochkofsky

Graciela Mochkofsky is a writer for The New Yorker and dean of CUNY's Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She has written six... more

07 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
Episode 501: Nona Willis Aronowitz

Nona Willis Aronowitz, an editor and author, writes a sex and love advice column for Teen Vogue. Her new book is Bad... more

31 Aug 2022 · 53 minutes
Episode 500: Caitlin Dickerson

Caitlin Dickerson is a staff writer for The Atlantic covering immigration. Her latest article, on the secret history of U.S. government’s family-separation... more

24 Aug 2022 · 56 minutes
Episode 499: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is a contributing writer for National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. His new podcast is Chameleon: Scam Likely. “I want a... more

17 Aug 2022 · 58 minutes
Episode 498: Hannah Goldfield

Hannah Goldfield is the food critic at The New Yorker. “There are just only so many ways to say ‘crunchy.’ There's ‘crunchy,’... more

10 Aug 2022 · 47 minutes
Episode 497: Sam Sanders

Sam Sanders is the former host of NPR’s It’s Been a Minute. He hosts Vulture’s Into It, which launched last week. “I don’t... more

03 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Episode 496: Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for New York Times Magazine, the host of Netflix's How to Change Your Mind, and the... more

27 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
Episode 495: Evan Ratliff

Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, is host of the new podcast Persona: The French Deception. “One of these big... more

20 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
Episode 496: Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for New York Times Magazine, the host of Netflix's How to Change Your Mind, and the author of... more