Episode 359: Paul Tough
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Longform
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Longform
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audio
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Arts
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Publication Date |
Sep 11, 2019
Episode Duration |
01:03:24
Paul Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us"
Paul Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us"

Paul Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the author of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us.

“The nice thing about a book as opposed to a magazine article is that it’s less formulaic. As a writer, it gives you more freedom — you’re trying to create an emotional mood where ideas have a place to sit in a person’s brain. And when people are moved by a book, it’s not by being told, ‘Here’s the problem, here’s the answer, now go do it.’ It’s by having your vision of the world slightly changed.”

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  • [03:25] The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2019)
  • [04:00] “Terminal Delinquents”(Esquire • 1990)
  • [04:50] Tough’s Harper’s archive
  • [05:50] 2600: The Hacker Quarterly
  • [09:00] Longform Podcast #104: Lewis Lapham
  • [10:30] alchemy-of-oxycontin.html">“The Alchemy of OxyContin” (New York Times Magazine • 2001)
  • [11:40] Tough’s New York Times Magazine archive
  • [16:15] harlem-project.html">“The Harlem Project” (New York Times Magazine • 2004)
  • [16:20] Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (Mariner Books • 2009)
  • [17:15] Open Letters
  • [26:00] Longform Podcast #347: Michael Pollan
  • [45:20] Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt • 2016)
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