Condemned killer Velma Barfield in 1984.

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5 Questions: Abigail Keel and the RadioLab episode “Debatable”

January 12, 2017

The young journalist, who explored the privileged world of debating societies and found a student who defies the stereotypes, talks about the podcasting ethos

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5(ish) Questions: Photographer Stuart Palley and “Terra Flamma: Wildfires at Night”

January 10, 2017

The journalist talks about his remarkable (and otherworldly) chronicle of California’s never-ending season of drought-induced wildfires

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5 Questions: Nathaniel Rich and “The Invisible Catastrophe”

December 15, 2016

The writer talks about his New York Times Magazine piece on a methane gas leak: "In any disaster, it starts with a person and their sob story and takes it from there. I think it’s very tedious to read stories like that"

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5(ish) Questions: Peter Frick-Wright and “What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?”

December 12, 2016

The Outside magazine writer climbed to a 20,000-foot glacier to try to find out why a plane crashed mysteriously 31 years ago, and wrote a story that's Sherlock Holmes meets "Into Thin Air"

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5 Questions: Pop-Up Magazine’s Doug McGray and the pleasures of live storytelling

November 25, 2016

The editor of the ephemeral multimedia performances talks about bringing journalism to life onstage, and meeting the coolest people in the audiences

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5(ish) Questions: Bill Sanderson and the JFK assassination “Bulletins from Dallas”

November 22, 2016

The new biography of UPI reporter Merriman "Smitty" Smith, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the biggest political shocker of the 20th century, has so much journalism drama it could be a "Spotlight"-type movie

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5 Questions: Alex Tizon and “In the Land of Missing Persons”

November 3, 2016

The journalist talks about his Atlantic piece on two men named Richard who disappeared in Alaska: "The whole story was full of human flaws and frailties"

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5 Questions: Hanna Rosin and “The Silicon Valley Suicides”

October 27, 2016

The writer talks about her piece in the Atlantic on a string of deaths at a well-off high school, and why it's OK to show emotion in interviews

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5(ish) Questions: Charlotte Magazine and the shooting of Keith Scott

October 12, 2016

Editor Michael Graff talks about how his small staff refused to be just "the magazine that gives you the best restaurants and places to live" and covered the unrest in the wake of the police killing of a black man

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5(ish) Questions: The creators of “visual narrative start-up” Primer Stories

October 6, 2016

Tim Lillis and Joe Alterio talk about combining written stories and visual ones on a site they hope will appeal to both longform lovers and listicle lushes.

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5 Questions: Robert Sanchez and “Colorado Springs’ Identity Crisis”

September 29, 2016

The 5280 magazine writer talks about avoiding caricature in an extreme city and capturing a "sense of place in an authentic way"

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5(ish) Questions: René Koster and a stunning voyage to Antarctica

September 15, 2016

The Dutch photographer took "a journey of longing, to a time that once was; a heroic saga, filled with hardship and adventure, in an infinite, barren land"