Ceramic castings of the Seven Dwarfs from Disney's Snow White sit on shelves at California Ceramic Supply in Euclid, Ohio.

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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

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5(ish) Questions: Diarmid Mogg and the crazy-compelling “Small Town Noir”

March 14, 2017

The Scotsman's website is a rabbit hole of midcentury mug shots and the stories of the everyday people of a Pennsylvania town at probably the worst moment in their lives

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5(ish) Questions: Jesse Lenz and The Collective Quarterly magazine

March 9, 2017

The co-founder of the "slow journalism" publication says its aim is to create an outlet for journalists who are willing take time with a story and “show genuine interest in another human being"

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5(ish) Questions: Latino USA producer Marlon Bishop on the backstory of the NPR show’s most downloaded episode ever

March 2, 2017

A show that was more than a year in the making about the controversial prisoner Oscar López Rivera scored journalism gold, coming out just days after the Puerto Rican was freed

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5(ish) Questions: Inara Verzemnieks and “Life in Obamacare’s Dead Zone”

February 9, 2017

The writer of the New York Times Magazine story about a subject fraught with politics talks about how narrative journalism has the power to transform the rhetoric into "a real story, a rich, full story"

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5(ish) Questions: Ted Conover and “Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep”

February 7, 2017

The journalist, who has spent the last 30 years immersing himself in others' lives, talks about going beyond the "cardboard versions" of people, and the ethics of undercover reporting

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5 Questions: Julie Beck and “When Are You Really an Adult?”

January 26, 2017

In her Atlantic piece, the writer captures that moment when you’ve worn a cap and gown but at the same time feel like a little kid playing dress-up

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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