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Two Writers Slinging Yang
42 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Dan Shaughnessy: Boston Globe sports columnist
On making an in-his-prime Larry Bird quite angry; on the changing nature of the newspaper sports columnist; on David Oritz and PED; on covering the 1986 World Series and not caring who won.
68 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
T.J. Quinn: ESPN investigative reporter
On overhearing Barry Bonds' grand jury testimony—and debating whether he could report on it; on the wonderland of Bobby Valentine and the early-2000s New York Mets; on calling it quits at 10 pm because (yawn) we're old.
55 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Jesse Newell: Kansas City Star University of Kansas basketball, football beat writer
On his explosive Sunday piece exposing a football scandal at KU; on calling people who r-e-a-l-l-y don't want to hear from you; on covering year after year of brutally bad football.
54 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Kate Fagan: Author, "All the Colors Came Out: A Father, a Daughter and a Lifetime of Lessons"
On chronicling her late father's ALS—and the accompanying emotions; on leaving behind the world of ESPN and discovering some inner zen; on the craziness of the last-gasp Iverson 76ers.
60 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
James Wagner: New York Times baseball writer
How how his Nicaraguan culture impacts his journalism; on how to make clubhouse time useful; on the general manager who wasn't so happy to see him; on the awfulness of writing short pieces.
56 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Jon Wertheim: Sports Illustrated senior writer, 60 Minutes correspondent and author of, "Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever"
On how every cliche about aging is painfully true; on the brilliance of David Stern and the joy of the 1984 men's U.S. Olympic basketball trials; on the bliss of book PR
50 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Angie Thomas: New York Times best-selling author of "The Hate U Give"
On going from anonymity to one of America's biggest authors; on finding a literary agent via Twitter; on writing in the voice of others and uncovering inspiration via real-life experiences.
56 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Jeff Passan: ESPN.com and @espn MLB writer
On writing and reporting the saga of Drew Robinson, the Giants outfielder who attempted suicide—and lived; on knowing when to include details and when to leave details out; on having the world's sweetest first name.
61 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Eli Saslow: Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post staff writer
On spending days and days in Schenectady, N.Y. to follow around a frustrated landlord and a frustrated tenant; on the keys to embedding and observing; on having reluctant subjects open up; on the trials of writing a screenplay based upon an article.
37 minutes | May 25, 2021
David Jordan: Co-author of "Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood."
On taking someone else's thoughts and converting them into his written voice; on submitting (yikes) 229,000 words to a publisher; on 1970s ballplayers and the desire to be remembered.
37 minutes | May 18, 2021
Jasmin Sani: Editor in chief—The Panther, Chapman University's student newspaper
On running a student newspaper via Zoom during a yearlong pandemic; on leaving the house to cover a white lives matter protest; on the Trump-beholden professor who made life weird.
57 minutes | May 11, 2021
Chip Brantley: Co-host and writer of NPR's "White Lies," a Pulitzer finalist for investigative podcasts
On convincing people to talk when they have no desire to talk; on the ethical dilemma of feeling sorry for those who committed terrible acts; on how to investigate a podcast
37 minutes | May 4, 2021
Matt Johnson: Former editor/writer, Mariposa Weekly Gazette
On leaving his true love, journalism; on reporting during a pandemic; on the mystifying saga of the stranded donkey.
47 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Alan Richman: Former GQ food, wine and restaurant writer
On whether it's OK to savage a restaurant; on discovering the best pizza crust and steak; on feuding (and making peace) with Anthony Bourdain and on the great baseball hepatitis scare.
46 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Virginia Heffernan: Los Angeles Times and Wired columnist
On what it's like to have Tucker Carlson and his douche legions attack; on why we keep writing mean things about neighbors; on the rare journalist who actually (gasp) loves Twitter
38 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Jamal Greene: Former SI baseball reporter, Columbia Law School Dwight Professor of Law and author of "How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights is Tearing America Apart"
On why tacos with an Astros catcher didn't sell him on a career covering sports; on the complexities and nuances of free speech; on having Talib Kweli as a sibling; on the fairness of new restrictive voting laws.
21 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Tom Callahan: Author, "Gods At Play: An Eyewitness Account of Great Moments in American Sports"
On how sports journalists used to receive such tremendous access; on Tiger Woods' parents; on understanding Johnny Unitas via his former teammates.
44 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Alexander Wolff: Former Sports Illustrated senior writer, author of "Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape and Home"
On delving into his family's past and not fearing what he might find; on writing an open letter to the University of Miami and urging the school to give up football; on why Milt Wagner should have been the next Dr. J; on the sad decline of magazines.
49 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Episode 200: Life in the mid-1990s Sports Illustrated Bullpen
To celebrate the 200th episode, I go back in time 26 years and reflect upon a weird, funky, amazing, cool, stressful run inside the Sports Illustrated Bullpen–where rivalries were fierce, opportunities were golden and journalism careers could be made (or broken).
38 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Devin Gordon: Author, "So Many Ways To Lose: The Amazin' True Story of the New York Mets—The Best Worst Team in Sports."
On the highs and lows of first-time authorship; on trying to get a book to Jerry Seinfeld; on tracking down the catcher with the yips; on having a book release delayed and living to tell about it.
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