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A twice-a-week look inside one story, book, screenplay, or song, and how the piece reveals the writer's backstory and artistic worldview. Hosted by best-selling author Paul Kix.

Now That's A Great Story Paul Kix: author, journalist, podcaster

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    • 5.0, 22 Ratings

A twice-a-week look inside one story, book, screenplay, or song, and how the piece reveals the writer's backstory and artistic worldview. Hosted by best-selling author Paul Kix.

    Episode 31: Season (One) Greeting

    Episode 31: Season (One) Greeting

    I talk about my decision to switch the podcast away from a weekly format to a seasonal one.

    • 2 min
    Episode 30: Ambition and obsession in America's coolest kitchen

    Episode 30: Ambition and obsession in America's coolest kitchen

    Author Kevin Alexander comes on to talk about the crazy rise and  maturation of Gabriel Rucker, the chef in Portland who fathered America's farm-to-table dining revolution. Rucker's boozy story is the centerpiece of Kevin's Burn The Ice, which is the rarest of foodie books: The one I couldn't put down. I've known Kevin since 2008 and he's transformed as well, from a struggling grad student to a James Beard winner. For full show notes head to https://www.paulkix.com/podcast.

    • 48 min
    Episode 29: After Show: Question for You

    Episode 29: After Show: Question for You

    I've got a question for every listener of this podcast—and I want your answers!

    • 4 min
    Episode 28: The Art of Living Well, with Ryan Holiday

    Episode 28: The Art of Living Well, with Ryan Holiday

    I talk with the fascinating Ryan Holiday, the entrepreneur and everyman philosopher, about a sequence of Stillness is the Key, Ryan's latest book, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Ryan's work has had a huge influence on how I see and process the world, and I'm hoping you'll be just as enlightened. For full show notes—and there are plenty, given Ryan's erudition—head to https://www.paulkix.com/podcast. 

    • 54 min
    Episode 27: The Story of the Billigans, with Don Van Natta Jr

    Episode 27: The Story of the Billigans, with Don Van Natta Jr

    The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Don Van Natta Jr joins the show to discuss the time that he, a reporter whom Bill Clinton loathed, played a round of golf with the president. The day is recounted in Van Natta's best-selling book, First Off The Tee, and Don and I talk about how the game is perhaps the best insight into the lives of men who run the world. For full show notes head to https://www.paulkix.com/podcast.

    • 49 min
    Episode 26: After Show: The Novelty of It All

    Episode 26: After Show: The Novelty of It All

    I loved Kitty Sheehan's approach to the story she told Monday, and made that approach—a first-person essay that actually has an omniscient point of view—the focus of today's After Show. Because trying something new, persevering when others tell you you shouldn't because it's new, has its rewards. For show notes, head to https://www.paulkix.com/podcast.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

E.R.E.C.5455 ,

Engaging interviews, transparent reflections

Kix has the uncanny ability to cover a large variety of topics and subjects with the same level of intention and poise in each interview. A natural teacher, he slips behind the discussion of the actual written piece, and asks some real questions about the writer’s process and feelings. In doing this, he and his guests inspire the listener to dig deep to understand self and move forward in their own writing endeavors. I also appreciate his post-show reflections, where he takes what he has learned with and from his guests, and applies this to his own journey as a writer and importantly, a human being.

Chris Kingsbury ,

Fantastic. Incredibly engaging.

Paul Kix is a natural podcast talent. The interviews are engaging and dig deeper into both the mechanics and emotions of telling incredible stories. Highly recommend.

theBirdman11 ,

Perfect for writers and passionate readers

Loved the first few episodes of “Now That’s a Great Story,” especially the one with Eli Saslow. I’ve listened to many Saslow interviews, but Paul found a way to ask questions that took listeners deeper than all the others. Really excited for all the future episodes.

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