Episode 435: Albert Samaha

Episode 435: Albert Samaha

Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist and the deputy inequality editor at BuzzFeed News. His book Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes comes out in October.“I don’t think any child of the recession will ever not feel precarious. And being in journalism makes that even more so. ... At this point I’ve embraced the precarity of working in this industry. I’m sure at some point it’s going to be grating for people to hear me talk about how precarious and insecure I feel. … But I’ve got too many friends who are way too talented, who can’t use that talent in the ways that they are passionate about, for me to ever feel like my place in this industry is fully cemented.”

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Show notes:



Samaha on Longform

Samaha's BuzzFeed archive

11:00 Never Ran, Never Will Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City (PublicAffairs • 2018)

17:00 "The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella" (Village Voice • Aug 2014)

23:00 "A Bronx Betrayal" (BuzzFeed • Jan 2015)

36:00 Concepcion

40:00 "Looking For Right And Wrong In The Philippines" (BuzzFeed • May 2017)

40:00 "My Uncle Spanky, the Rock Star Who Left It All Behind" (Pop-Up • Jun 2020)

42:00 "I Followed My Uncle’s Legend To Italy, And Found A New Way Forward" (BuzzFeed • Mar 2018)

42:00 "My Mom Believes In QAnon. I’ve Been Trying To Get Her Out." (BuzzFeed • Mar 2021)

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