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Joshuah Bearman

Joshuah Bearman writes for Rolling Stone, Harper's, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, McSweeney's, and contributes to This American Life. Bearman was a contributing producer on the documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. He is a former staff writer and editor for the LA Weekly and 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. Bearman is a board member of 826LA, a non-profit tutoring center in Los Angeles. He lives in Hollywood, California, and is currently 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 into the 2012 film Argo, 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 won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Joshuah Bearman was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1972. He attended the Yeshiva of Manitoba.



  • "The Big Cigar: How a Hollywood producer smuggled Huey Newton to Cuba," Playboy, January, 2013
  • "The Baghdad Country Club, or Casablanca 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
  • The New York Times Magazine, November 15, 2009
  • 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 a 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
  • 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

  • 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


External links

  • LA Weekly
  • Official website
  • Yeti Researcher
  • The Believer
  • Joshuah Bearman at Internet Movie Database.
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