Joshuah Bearman

Joshua Bearman writes for Rolling Stone , Harper’s , Wired , The New York Times Magazine , The Believer , and McSweeney’s , and contributes to this American Life . Bearman was a contributing producer on the documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters . Bearman is an advisory board member of 826LA , a non-profit tutoring organization in Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles, California , and is working on a book for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Several of Bearman’s articles have been optioned for film and television adaptation. His 2007 Wired article about a CIA mission during the Iran Hostage Crisis was adapted as the 2012 Argo movie , with George Clooney producing and Ben Affleck directing and starring. [8] The screenplay, based on Bearman’s article, won the Writer’s Guild award for Best Adapted Screenplay, [9] and the Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay . The Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – The Golden Globes, the BAFTA Award for Best Film , and Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Bearman was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2014 [10] for his article, “Coronado High, the Story of America’s First Drug Empire.” It was co-published in GQand Atavist . His writing has appeared in the American Best Non-Writing Writing anthologies.

Bearman is a staff writer and editor for the LA Weekly . He was one half of Team USA in Walleyball, a short film by Brent Hoff about a pick-up game of volleyball at the US-Mexico border. He was the editor-in-chief of Yeti Researcher, a journal in the field of cryptic hominid investigation, published by McSweeney’s. He produced and directed McSweeney’s Presents, as a fundraiser for 826LA, a tutoring organization for children.

In 2014, Bearman co-founded Epic, a non-fiction narrative publication and film and television production company. [11]



  • “The Untold Story of Silk Road,” Part 1 & Part 2 , Wired, April / May, 2015
  • “Coronado High, the Story of America’s First Drug Empire,” GQ and The Atavist, July, 2013
  • “The Big Cigar: How a Hollywood Producer Smuggled Huey Newton to Cuba,” Playboy, January, 2013
  • “The Baghdad Country Club, Casablanca Gold in the Green Zone,” The Atavist, January, 2012
  • “Art of the Steal: On the Trail of the World’s Most Ingenious Thief,” Wired, March 22, 2010
  • “The Legend of Master Legend,” Rolling Stone, December 25, 2008
  • “Mr. Romance,” The Panorama, McSweeney’s Issue 33, 2010
  • “Can DIY Replace The First Person Shooter?” The New York Times Magazine, November 15, 2009
  • “My Half-Baked Futures Bubble , The New York Times Week in Review, December 9, 2009
  • “The Perfect Game: Five Years With the Master of Pac-Man,” Harper’s, July 2008
  • “Escape from Tehran: How the CIA Used Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Iran,” Wired, May 2007
  • “The Gospel According to Rio: Heaven’s Gate, the Sequel,” LA Weekly, March 27, 2007
  • “Stuffu Happens: Why is Japan so Crazy / Awesome?” Culture + Travel , March 2008
  • “Chest of Lies, or, The Door is the Party: Identity Theft and the Search for Meaning at Sundance,” LA Weekly, February 2, 2007
  • “The Great Dome: Scenes from Mt. Wilson,” LA Weekly, February 22, 2002
  • “Xianjiang’s Swarm of Giant Gerbils, an Investigation” McSweeney’s, issue 14
  • “Grass Roots Democracy Means Getting Some Manure on Your Boots: An Epic Tale of the 2004 Iowa Caucuses” The Believer, April 2004
  • “The Uninhabited United States Army: Today’s Unmanned Desert Race-Bots Are Tomorrow’s War Machines” The Believer, May 2004
  • “The Uninhabited United States Air Force: The Fever Dream of Military Planning” The Believer, August 2003
  • “Total Information Awareness: An Interview with Usama Hayyad, Data Mining Pioneer” The Believer, August 2004
  • “But Will it Bring Back the Dinosaurs?” Times at the Long Island’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, Part 1 “Part 2 ” Part 3 McSweeneys, 2000
  • “Unnatural History: Fake Fossils and Other Things in the Ground” McSweeney’s, Issue 8
  • “In a Little Valley in West Jerusalem: An interview with my father about the Dead Sea Scrolls” McSweeney’s, Issue 4

This American Life

  • This American Life Live at BAM!
  • Episode 528: The Radio Drama Episode!
  • Episode 500: 500!
  • Episode 475: Send a Message
  • Episode 323: The Super
  • Episode 334: Duty Calls
  • Episode 371: Scenes From a Mall
  • Episode 447: The Incredible Case of the PI Moms
  • Episode 475: Send a Message


  1. Jump up^ “The King of Kong” .
  2. Jump up^ “826LA” .
  3. Jump up^ “Walleyball” .
  4. Jump up^ “Joshuah Bearman” . The Believer . Retrieved 2008-12-12 .
  5. Jump up^ “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” . Wired . April 24, 2007 . Retrieved 2008-12-12 .
  6. Jump up^ “Joshuah Bearman” . The Huffington Post . Retrieved 2008-12-12 . Joshuah Bearman is an editor and writer at LA Weekly. He is also a contributor to McSweeney’s and the Believer, both publications of unusual design and literary note. He has spent a lot of time writing on such varied topics as the Presidential election, treasure hunting, and Mr. Winkle the celebrity dog.
  7. Jump up^ “Deals” . Publisher’s Weekly .
  8. Jump up^ “IMDB release info” .
  9. Jump up^ ” ” Zero Dark Thirty “and” Argo “win top Writers Guild Awards”. Reuters . February 18, 2013.
  10. Jump up^ “National Magazine Awards 2014 Finalists Announced” .
  11. Jump up^ “Magazine Writing on the Web, for Film” .

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