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5(ish) Questions: Holly Gleason and “Woman Walk the Line: How the Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives”

November 9, 2017

The editor of the new anthology talks about the joys of being subversive and using country music to talk about female empowerment

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5(ish) Questions: Patsy Sims and “The Stories We Tell: Classic True Tales by America’s Greatest Women Journalists”

November 7, 2017

The anthology, which includes Joan Didion and Lillian Ross, puts a deserved spotlight on female writers (and perhaps will give Gay Talese a few ideas when he's next asked about them)

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This American Afterlife: Aaron Mahnke and the spooky podcast (and TV show) “Lore”

October 31, 2017

The creator of the hugely popular true-life scary stories talks about his love for the supernatural and getting listeners to follow him down dark tunnels

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5(ish) Questions: Ted Genoways and his year-long embed on a family farm

October 19, 2017

In the book "This Blessed Earth," the writer and his wife, photographer Mary Anne Andrei, give voice to the Americans who provide the food we eat

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5(ish) Questions: “Bodega Stories” creator talks about her love for the corner store

October 12, 2017

As a Silicon Valley startup outrages Latinos and others with its automated "bodega," journalist Amaris Castillo speaks up for the human connection

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New York’s “Subway Therapist” and his collage of a city’s hopes and fears

October 5, 2017

As the scribbled sticky notes come out in book form, Levee talks about spending his days collecting tiny fingerprints of commuters' psyches

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5(ish) Questions: Texas journalist Krys Boyd and the art of the radio interview

September 26, 2017

The longtime host of "Think" talks about preparing for her daily show, and how radio is a form of oral storytelling -- "I think it’s stronger than ever"

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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)