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Finding the story in the parentheses and other adventures with Jeffrey Stern

February 15, 2018

In a Vanity Fair story you might call "the BMW Schindler," the freelancer takes us on a wild ride in a bulletproof car with a Kurdish fighter turned savior

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5(ish) Questions: Radio storytelling pioneer Jay Allison and the bite-size “Sonic IDs”

February 8, 2018

The audio vignettes interrupt the expected with the voices and sounds of life on Cape Cod (including the sound of scallops clapping)

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“The Watchdog” on the importance of storytelling in consumer reporting

February 6, 2018

Dallas Morning News columnist Dave Lieber says he uses the creative writing techniques of New Journalism to help readers with their problems

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5(ish) Questions: Richard Marosi and “Without a Country”

January 30, 2018

The longtime border reporter for the Los Angeles Times talks about his prize-winning series about deported immigrants: "They're human beings. They're suffering. They have hard lives."

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Liana Aghajanian and the story of immigrants in America, one recipe at a time

December 14, 2017

In her blog "Dining in Diaspora," the Detroit-based writer tries to document the complexity of Armenian identity through the lens of food

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5(ish) Questions: Bridget Huber and “The Living Disappeared” of Argentina

November 30, 2017

The California Sunday piece unpacks loss and resilience in the aftermath of the country's military dictatorship through the story of one family

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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