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5(ish) Questions: Photographer Lindsay Rickert and “Drive-In America”

September 21, 2017

She spent 65 days on the road, covering 12,000 miles, in search of this fast-disappearing artifact of the country's past -- and its summer memories

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5(ish) Questions: Abbie Gascho Landis and the surprising climate book “Immersion”

September 14, 2017

The writer (and vet) talks about squeezing story from science, and how a book about mussels is also about our tender, tenacious humanity.

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An alt-weekly editor steps up to the plate to back a freelancer’s controversial story

September 7, 2017

When reporter Britni de la Cretaz came under fire for her piece on racism and the Red Sox, DigBoston editor-in-chief Chris Faraone had her back

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Monica Hesse and “American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land”

August 31, 2017

The Washington Post reporter talks about what it's like to juggle multiple projects (and genres), and the virtue of capturing the way people talk

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5(ish) Questions: Podcast producer Lily Percy and humor as a survival tool

August 24, 2017

"Laughter helps us heal," she says of a 15-episode C.O.O.L. series featuring the famous (Terry McMillan) and the not-so-famous (a drag-queen-turned-rabbi)

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5(ish) Questions: Mandy Len Catron and “How to Fall in Love With Anyone”

August 22, 2017

The author of the viral Modern Love essay in The New York Times follows up with a book about romance -- and the danger of fetishizing love

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5(ish) Questions: Andy Kopsa and the slow payoff of freelance longform work

August 17, 2017

The writer, who alternates between shorter stories and time-consuming investigative stories, talks about the financial hardships of her career -- and offers tips to others starting out in a tough business

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5(ish) Questions: Maud Newton and her science-meets-personal-essay “I, Rodent”

August 10, 2017

The writer talks about her touching piece in The Awl, in which she intersperses disturbing facts about genetic engineering with her lifelong identification with mice

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5(ish) Questions: Steve Oney and “A Man’s World” (both the song and his new book)

July 18, 2017

The writer talks about how ideas about masculinity have changed over his 40-year career, and how he eerily predicted the rise of Breitbart America

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5(ish) Questions: Mary Pols and the rural lyricism of “Death of a Dairyman”

July 13, 2017

The Portland Press Herald writer talks about her story on a man who connected a community, and chafing at the "Cabot Cove-ization" of Maine writing

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5(ish) Questions: Mark Follman and “The True Cost of Gun Violence in America”

June 29, 2017

The Mother Jones reporter talks about his landmark investigation into the staggering price of the firearms epidemic: an estimated $229 billion a year

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5(ish) Questions: Bonnie Ford and “The Promise Rio Couldn’t Keep”

June 22, 2017

As other outlets predicted disaster for the 2016 Olympics water events, the writer for ESPN's Outside the Lines painted a picture more reflective of the lived human experience than a purely data-driven one