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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 to get inside a subculture. That's the thing that I think has been the most enduring, attractive element for me. Is there a world that has its own manners and vocabulary and internal rhythms and status structure? And who looks down on whom? And why? And who venerates whom? Who's a big deal in these worlds? And if I can get into that, it doesn't even really matter to me that much what the subculture is. I'm fascinated by trying to map that thing out.”

Show notes:

  • @eosnos
  • evanosnos.com
  • Osnos on Longform
  • Osnos’s New Yorker archive
  • 00:00 The Making of America’s Fury (Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2021)
  • 02:00 "Life After White Collar Crime" (New Yorker • Aug 2021)
  • 03:00 "Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich" (New Yorker • Jan 2017)
  • 05:00 Osnos’s Chicago Tribune archive
  • 19:00 "The Boxing Rebellion" (New Yorker • Jan 2008)
  • 24:00 "Born Red" (New Yorker • Apr 2015)
  • 34:00 "Wastepaper Queen" (New Yorker • Mar 2009)
  • 38:00 "The Grand Tour" (New Yorker • Apr 2011)
  • 46:00 "Welcome to the United States: The Shutdown Edition" (New Yorker • Oct 2013)
  • 49:00 "The Haves and Have-Yachts" (New Yorker • Jul 2022)

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