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Hosted by acclaimed journalist David Brancaccio (Marketplace and PBS' NOW), this podcast dissects classic Esquire stories and reveals the cultural currents that make them as urgent and timely today as when they were first published. Guests include Esquire writers, along with noted authors, comedians, and actors who offer unique and personal perspective on some of the most lasting stories ever published. Presented by PRX and Esquire Magazine.

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Episodes

Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn, by Ken Auletta

12/22/2016
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If president-elect Donald Trump learned anything from his mentor Roy Cohn, it was this: punch first and never apologize. Cohn was notorious for going on the attack—as counsel for Senator Joseph McCarthy during the communist witch-hunts of the fifties, and later as a pugnacious attorney for whom the only bad publicity was no publicity. With … Continue reading Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn, by Ken Auletta

Duration: 00:26:14


Martin Luther King Jr Is Still on the Case! by Garry Wills

11/14/2016
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12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley discusses Garry Wills’s 1968 profile, “Martin Luther King Jr Is Still on the Case!”

Duration: 00:35:31


Love in the Time of Magic, by E. Jean Carroll

11/7/2016
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A chronicle of risk and romance on the sidelines of the NBA

Duration: 00:29:32


The Tinkerings of Robert Noyce, by Tom Wolfe

10/31/2016
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A meeting of two American masters: Robert Noyce and Tom Wolfe.

Duration: 00:25:51


The House That Thurman Munson Built, by Michael Paterniti

10/24/2016
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Trust me, he said, and the last great brawling sports team in America did. Twenty years after Thurman Munson’s death, Reggie, Catfish, Goose, Gator, the Boss—and a nation of former boys—still aren’t over it.

Duration: 00:26:52


The Crack-Up, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

10/17/2016
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-Up," a series of essays from 1936 about his alcoholism and mental breakdown, set off a genre of confessional writing that persists and thrives today.

Duration: 00:33:19


The Brain That Changed Everything, By Luke Dittrich

10/10/2016
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When a surgeon cut into Henry Molaison’s skull to treat him for epilepsy, he inadvertently created the most important brain-research subject of our time—a man who could no longer remember, who taught us everything we know about memory. Six decades later, another daring researcher is cutting into Henry’s brain. Another revolution in brain science is about to begin.

Duration: 00:34:50


“I, Stalkerazzi” and “Angelina Jolie and the Torture of Fame,” by John H. Richardson

10/3/2016
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John H. Richardson on our cultural infatuation with celebrity and the humanity that lurks on both sides of the camera lens.

Duration: 00:27:50


Nureyev Dancing In His Own Shadow, by Elizabeth Kaye

9/26/2016
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At the end of a glorious career, the defiant legend takes refuge in his most cherished partner—himself.

Duration: 00:33:39


Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, by Gay Talese

9/19/2016
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And some of the most important people in some of the most important places in New York, New Jersey, Southern California and Las Vegas are suddenly developing postnasal drip

Duration: 00:37:28


Styron’s Choices, by Philip Caputo

9/12/2016
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The artist’s life demands solitude, sensitivity, and often a little something to get him through the night. The very same things can destroy him

Duration: 00:29:31


The Falling Man, by Tom Junod

9/6/2016
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Do you remember this photograph?

Duration: 00:39:41


The American Male at Age Ten, by Susan Orlean

8/29/2016
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What it feels like to be a boy in America.

Duration: 00:31:15


My Father, the Bachelor, by Martha Sherrill

8/22/2016
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He was a beautiful man, and someone had to liberate these women from their marriages. When he died, women grieved. Lots and lots of women.

Duration: 00:33:45


A Few Words About Breasts, by Nora Ephron

8/15/2016
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Shaping Up absurd.

Duration: 00:24:48


Edwin Moses, by Mark Kram

8/8/2016
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A Hurdler in Inner Space.

Duration: 00:31:00


What It Takes, by Richard Ben Cramer

8/1/2016
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What It Takes is the most comprehensive account ever written about the personal price of running for president.

Duration: 00:58:25


My Father’s Life, by Raymond Carver

7/25/2016
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When he looks back at his father, he sees a dim figure losing its substance to sickness, and when the past is a cipher, there is no redeeming the present. There is only living it.

Duration: 00:32:08


Superman Comes to the Supermarket, by Norman Mailer

7/18/2016
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It’s convention time, an ideal moment to revisit Norman Mailer's legendary 1960 reported essay, “Superman Comes to the Supermarket,” about JFK and the Democratic political convention.

Duration: 00:30:33


America’s Most Powerful Lunch, by Lee Eisenberg

7/11/2016
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The closing of the Four Seasons, home of the “power lunch.”

Duration: 00:27:05

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