journalism

John Barr and Dan Murphy

John Barr and Dan Murphy talk about their book Start By Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions that Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster (Hachette Books 2020). We talk about investigative reporting, making a book, choosing a narrative arc, and the responsibility of telling this story.   https://umich.box.com/shared/static/00g19rkijka48s7byfkqvs5wfuoyxx88.mp3 Download Audio  

Mike McGonigal

Guest host Frank Uhle talks with Mike McGonigal, editor of Maggot Brain magazine from Third Man Records, about the joys and challenges of print-only publishing, Detroit gospel music, and the state of the record industry. Mike McGonigal has also edited Chemical Imbalance and Yeti magazines; written a 33 1/3 series entry on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless and for Spin, Pitchfork, and the Village …

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Safa Al Ahmad

Freelance journalist/filmmaker and 2019 Wallenberg Medalist Safa Al Ahmad talks about her documentaries, including  Saudi’s Secret Uprising (2014) and Targeting Yemen (2019).  We talk about activism, the power of reporting, access, and editing. We also talk about moral responsibility to the person and the story.

Yevgenia Albats

Yevgenia Albats talks about her work with The New Times, Absolute Albats and her book The State Within the State (FSG 1994). We also talk about investigative journalism, radio, the KGB, and her role as the inaugural International Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020.

Rebecca Clarren

Novelist and journalist Rebecca Clarren (KICKDOWN, Skyhorse Publishing, 2018) reads from her novel, a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Summer host Amanda Uhle and Rebecca Clarren talk about writing with a social cause in mind, journalistically reporting a novel, and the American West. We also consider whether KICKDOWN is maybe part of a …

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Lisa Taddeo

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster 2019), about women’s desire and how it’s intertwined with judgement from others, how to build layered and complicated characters as a journalist, and the incredible feat of reporting on the lives of these three American women over the course …

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Anna Clark

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Anna Clark about The Poisoned City (Metropolitan Books 2018), an acclaimed, thorough account of the causes, crisis, and aftermath of the Flint, Michigan water disaster. They talk about tragedy, courage, resilience, and the way forward. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/ajeb29klv4p6f8wgrayjrtf8rcaqvm2p.mp3 Download Audio    

Robert Yoon

Robert Yoon is a political journalist, current Knight-Wallace Fellow and host of “The J Word,” WCBN’s public affairs program about journalism and current events. We talk about photos with heroes, the Michigan Daily, speech writing for Al Gore, directing political research at CNN, the art of humor writing, visiting Korea, and the life of Doris Miller. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/gxf8um80m98xsmvxfzn1uu0lhoqr7oi7.mp3 Download …

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Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor  was in town to present the 2018 Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies. We talk about haiku, sound and motion, ethical experience, and choosing chance. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/lce6rryw21vtgck0vi1m0rp7qs8ue0xk.mp3   Download Audio Many thanks to Joseph Gone, Scott Lyons, Stephanie Elliott Prieto, Jason Voss, Frank Uhle, Department of American Culture, Native American Studies, and the Berkhofer Jr Lecture …

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Josh Cramer

Josh Cramer reads from The Cartoon Picayune.  We talk about comics journalism, freelancing, collaborations and community. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/17twdo5ezpi9osavb6e48lucc5sezv67.mp3 Download Audio To head to the author’s website, click this link!