Dr. Brant Putnam races down from the O.R. where he was operating on another patient when the teen gunshot victim arrived at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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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

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Honoring Mexican journalist Javier Valdez: Today, and always, our voice is our strength

June 15, 2017

Ricardo Sandoval Palos talks about why he helped organize a global campaign to speak out against violence a month after the muckraker's assassination

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5 Questions: Talal Ansari and “Welcome to America: Now Spy on Your Friends”

June 8, 2017

"I think it opened the eyes of people who are so far removed from this kind of world," the BuzzFeed News writer says of his piece about FBI agents pressuring Muslim immigrants to become informants

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5(ish) Questions: Dana Priest and the “terrorism industrial complex” post 9/11

June 1, 2017

The investigative journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner reflects on 30 years at The Washington Post and navigating national security concerns

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5(ish) Questions: Phoebe Zerwick and “The Last Days of Darryl Hunt”

May 30, 2017

The writer talks about how her reporting on a wrongfully convicted man changed his life -- and how she had to write the ending, however unhappy

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5(ish) Questions: Josh O’Kane and “The Ballad of Fogarty’s Cove”

May 9, 2017

The Globe and Mail reporter talks about his Nova Scotia story exploring the love of a place, and the sorrow over leaving when it cannot sustain you

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5(ish) Questions: Legendary editor Gene Roberts reflects on a lifetime in journalism

May 3, 2017

As filmmakers seek funding for a documentary about the newsman who transformed The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1970s and '80s, he talks about how his reporters zigged instead of zagged -- and worries about the future

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5(ish) Questions: Nathan Thornburgh talks mind-blowing drugs and Anthony Bourdain

April 27, 2017

The co-founder of the unapologetically longform travel-food-politics site Roads & Kingdoms talks about teaming up with the chef-raconteur and reporting while under the influence of the hallucinogen ayahuasca

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5 Questions: Anne Helen Petersen and the white supremacists who came for Whitefish

April 20, 2017

The BuzzFeed writer talks about the contradictions of a small Montana town and the West, and why she seeks understanding, not empathy

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5(ish) Questions: David Grann and “Killers of the Flower Moon”

April 18, 2017

The author and New Yorker writer talks about his book on a sinister campaign against Osage Indians who had become fabulously wealthy from oil -- and what the murders, and their lack of notoriety, say about America

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5(ish) Questions: Iran’s “Blogfather” talks algorithms, hyperlinks and the lost art of communication

April 6, 2017

Hossein Derakhshan spent six years in an Iranian prison cell; when he came out, the online world had changed -- for the worse, he believes

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5(ish) Questions: Rania Abouzeid and “The Jihad Next Door”

March 23, 2017

The Beirut-based writer talks about the dangers of reporting her Politico piece on extremists in Iraq and Syria, and why on-the-ground reporting is vital