Jeff Pearlman's weekly in-depth, no-holds-barred conversation with a writer on writing. Available here and on iTunes
Angie Thomas: New York Times best-selling author of "The Hate U Give"
On going from anonymity to one of America's biggest authors; on finding a literary agent via Twitter; on writing in the voice of others and uncovering inspiration via real-life experiences.
Jeff Passan: ESPN.com and @espn MLB writer
On writing and reporting the saga of Drew Robinson, the Giants outfielder who attempted suicide—and lived; on knowing when to include details and when to leave details out; on having the world's sweetest first name.
Eli Saslow: Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post staff writer
On spending days and days in Schenectady, N.Y. to follow around a frustrated landlord and a frustrated tenant; on the keys to embedding and observing; on having reluctant subjects open up; on the trials of writing a screenplay based upon an article.
David Jordan: Co-author of "Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood."
On taking someone else's thoughts and converting them into his written voice; on submitting (yikes) 229,000 words to a publisher; on 1970s ballplayers and the desire to be remembered.
Jasmin Sani: Editor in chief—The Panther, Chapman University's student newspaper
On running a student newspaper via Zoom during a yearlong pandemic; on leaving the house to cover a white lives matter protest; on the Trump-beholden professor who made life weird.
Chip Brantley: Co-host and writer of NPR's "White Lies," a Pulitzer finalist for investigative podcasts
On convincing people to talk when they have no desire to talk; on the ethical dilemma of feeling sorry for those who committed terrible acts; on how to investigate a podcast
Entertaining and educational-what else can you ask for?
The honesty and variety Jeff and each guest brings to this podcast is invaluable. For writers like me, this is a weekly must listen for educational reasons. The entertainment value is the bonus. I'd also listen to this even if I had zero writing aspirations due to what one can glean about life from each episode.
Jeff is a fantastic writer himself, and is a excellent example to follow due to his said honesty and self-accountability in this podcast and everywhere else he puts words to web or paper pages, or speaks.
You'll learn about more than just the writing life here. There is so much knowledge about every aspect of life in these episodes due to the places Jeff courageously goes with himself and the guests.
Give this podcast a listen, unless you don't want to be informed and enlightened, and entertained along the way.
Good conversations and insight into the writing process I just wish his family was nicer to him. Really!
The best podcast out there about writing - bar none!
For the 200th episode, Jeff had his best episode ever, going for a real, non-garbage time triple-double (and not a Yinka Dare early 90s P/R/B one against A-10 scrubs!) Jeff took a look back to his early days at Sports Illustrated during SI’s halcyon days of the mid-1990s. The episode was insightful and funny, but most importantly Jeff was unvarnished in his depiction of his early career cockiness. The tale of an early 20s swaggering college grad with a chip on his shoulders, sharp elbows and a lack of humility and self-awareness is oft-told. What sets Jeff apart (and this podcast episode) is Jeff’s willingness to point his pen and mike at himself.