DSP PicScott Porch is a contributing writer for Signature and Decider and writes about new media, entertainment, American history, and literary history. He has written for The AtlanticChicago Tribune, The Daily BeastEsquire, The GuardianKirkus Review, Los Angeles Review of BooksNew York Times, PlayboyPolitico MagazineSalon, Vanity Fair and Wired. He is writing a book about the rise of feminism and the fracturing of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and ’70s.

Email: scottporch@gmail.com

Long Features

“The Book That Changed Campaigns Forever,” a 4,000-word profile of author Teddy White, Politico Magazine, April 22, 2015.

The Power Broker Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece,” a 6,000-word profile of author Robert Caro, The Daily Beast, September 16, 2014.

New Media

“CBS Has Plenty of Reasons to Build a More Diverse Prime Time Lineup,” reporting and analysis on CBS’s streaming service, Decider, January 19, 2016.

“Yahoo Screen Was All Fun and Games Until the Bill Came,” analysis on Yahoo shutting down the service, Decider, January 6, 2016.

“Behind Apple’s Failed Bundle,” analysis on Apple’s delayed streaming TV service, Decider, December 9, 2015.

“Comedians Are Loving This Whole Periscope Thing,” reporting on comedians adapting their comedy for live-streaming, Wired, January 7, 2015.

“Are Amazon and Apple About to Bury the Hatchet?” analysis on competition in the market for streaming-media devices, Decider, November 30, 2015.

“Not Even Michael Bay Can Fix Viacom’s Problems,” reporting and analysis on issues with the company’s cable network division, Wired, November 13, 2015.

“Streaming Is the Final Frontier: Why Star Trek Is Headed to CBS All Access,” reporting and analysis on CBS’s streaming service, Decider, November 3, 2015.

“FX Chief John Landgraf Talks AHS: Hotel Ratings Dominance,” an interview with the president of FX Networks, Decider, October 27, 2015.

“The Next Gen Apple TV Is Out to Prove It’s Not a Hobby,” a preview of the new Apple TV, Decider, September 9, 2015.

“College Football for Cordcutters,” an interview with Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch, Decider, September 3, 2015.

“CW Executive Rick Haskins Talks Vixen,” an interview with The CW executive vice president for marketing and digital programs, Decider, September 1, 2015.

“DJ Ebro Darden on What Makes Apple Music’s Beats 1 Vital,” an interview with the Beats 1 Radio DJ, Playboy, July 8, 2015.

“FADER Explains: Apple Music,” an explainer about Apple’s announcement of Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio, The Fader, June 9, 2015.

“How Karina Longworth Is Reimagining Classic Hollywood, a 3,600-word interview with the creator of the You Must Remember This podcast, Longreads.com, March 17, 2015.

“‘Literally,’ Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren’t Destroying English,” an interview with experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, The Atlantic, December 30, 2014.

“How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account,” a tick-tock account of the Bill Cosby media storm, The Daily Beast, December 1, 2014.


“Rob Huebel Goes from Transparent to Comedy to Virtual Reality in No Time,” a profile, The Guardian, January 22, 2015.

“At Home with Cage the Elephant Guitarist Brad Schultz,” a profile, Playboy, December 22, 2015.

“Nick Kroll Talks Last Days of The League,” an interview with the comedian, Decider, December 8, 2015.

Amy Director Asif Kapadia Is Surviving Awards Season,” an interview with the filmmaker, Vanity Fair, October 29, 2015.

“Paul F. Tompkins is Keeping It Real (Busy),” an interview with the comedian, Decider, October 10, 2015.

The League Creators on the Show’s Final Season,” an interview with the showrunners, New York Times, September 9, 2015.

Another Period and Television’s Comedy Casting Carousel,” reporting about Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome and David Wain working as producers, writers and actors, The Guardian, August 26, 2015.

“Nancy Wilson on Leading Heart With Her Sister,” an interview with the iconic rock singer, Salon, August 13, 2015.

“Why You Should be Watching UnREAL,” an interview with Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator of Lifetime’s UnREAL, Playboy, June 30, 2015.

“Anthony Bourdain Loves Cow Foot Soup,” an interview with the creator and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, The Daily Beast, April 26, 2015.

“The Man Who Wrote Every Rock Star’s Book,” an interview with ghost writer David Ritz, The Daily Beast, February 11, 2015.

American History

“Sarah Vowell’s Rough Guide to U.S. History,” an interview with the historian, The Daily Beast, Jan. 10, 2016.

“John Meacham on Bush 41,” an interview with the George H. W. Bush biographer, Signature, November 25, 2015.

“The Pamphleteers,” an interview with Gordon Wood, a historian of the American Revolution, Los Angeles Review of Books, September 24, 2015.

“Wil Haygood on the Hard-Won Victories of Thurgood Marshall,” an interview with the civil-rights historian, Signature, September 24, 2015.

“Bill Buckley Gets Bigger Over Time,” an 3,600-word interview with Sam Tanenhaus, who is writing a biography of William F. Buckley, The Daily Beast, August 17, 2015.

“Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Leap into the Racially Charged 1960s,” an interview with historian Daniel Geary, Signature, July 14, 2015.

“The Night Norman Mailer Tried to Fight William F. Buckley, Jr.” an essay about the 1966 Black and White Ball, Esquire, June 5, 2015.

“Those Pesky Tapes: The Release of More Nixon Tapes is a Treasure for Historians,” reporting about recent revelations from the Nixon Tapes, Kirkus Reviews, July 31, 2014.

“When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right,” a historical essay about the PBS documentary Freedom Summer about a violent Mississippi voting-rights drive in 1964, The Daily Beast, June 23, 2014.

Literary History

“Don Quixote Hits the Big 4-0-0,” an interview with Cervantes biographer Ilan Stavans, Signature, September 17, 2015.

“Joan Didion’s Life Is the Story of Postwar America,” an interview with Didion biographer Tracy Daugherty, Signature, August 25, 2015.

“A Master Class With Angels in America Playwright Tony Kushner,” an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winner about the Arthur Miller’s plays, The Daily Beast, June 21, 2015.

“Robert Roper on Language, Lolita, and Vladimir Nabokov in America,” an interview with the Nabokov biographer, Signature, June 16, 2015.

“The Decade When ‘The New Yorker’ Grew Up,” a conversation with New Yorker editors about a new collection of the magazine’s reporting from the 1940s, The Daily Beast, May 20, 2014.

Book Reviews

“The Songwriters Behind Pop’s Biggest Stars,” John Seabrook’s The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory (Norton, 2015), Chicago Tribune, October 22, 2015.

“Andy Warhol’s Big Adventure,” Deborah Davis’s The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure (Atria, 2015), Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2015.

“Suffering Suffrage” Ari Berman’s Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (FSG, 2015), Chicago Tribune, August 13, 2015.

“Still Tricky,” Evan Thomas’s Being Nixon: A Man Divided (Random House, 2015) and Tim Weiner’s One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon (Henry Holt, 2015), Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2015.

“Tea Time,” Jeff Koehler’s Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea (Bloomsbury, 2015), Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2015.

“The Persuasive Minimalism of Philip Glass,” Philip Glass’s Words Without Music (Liveright, 2015), Signature, April 24, 2015.

“Building the Great Society,” Julian E. Zelizer’s The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015), Chicago Tribune,  January 8, 2015.

“North vs. South, From a New Direction,” Don H. Doyle’s The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (Basic Books, 2014), Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2014.

“How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Faith in Government,” Jonathan Darman’s Landslide: LBJ and Reagan at the Dawn of a New America (Random House, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 21, 2014.

“Tavis Smiley Chronicles MLK’s Last Year,” Tavis Smiley’s Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Year (Little Brown, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 16, 2014.

“Cracks in the Glass,” Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry’s Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (Liveright, 2014), Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2014.