Jeff Pearlman's weekly in-depth, no-holds-barred conversation with a writer on writing. Available here and on iTunes
Alex Coffey: Philadelphia Inquirer Phillies beat writer
On jumping into a new Major League beat and learning the landscape; on having a famous journalist as a father; on the heartbreaking saga of Stanley Jefferson and the Phillies pitcher with the tragic past; on a gross Pete Rose encounter.
Melissa Isaacson: Former Chicago Tribune Jordan-era Bulls beat writer, ESPN columnist and (current) Northwestern prof
On what it was like covering Michael Jordan and the 1990s Bulls; on being a rookie Buccaneers beat writer and dealing with John McKay; on a grumpy Dick Butkus and not being allowed in the Boston College locker room after a game.
Danny Penza: Former sports writer for the recently defunct Medford (Oregon) Mail Tribune
On being told on Wednesday that your newspaper will die on Friday; on why local newspapers are dying at a staggering rate; on what a veteran reporter does when his office folds; on the joy of covering high school sports.
Jesse Washington: Andscape senior writer and longtime newspaper/magazine scribe
On the beauty of writing (beautifully, accurately) about hip-hop and Black culture; on the time Wyclef pulled a gun; on coming up through the newspaper ranks in Poughkeepsie; on the Whitlock weirdness at The Undefeated.
Mike Organ, Tennessean sports writer
On covering year after year after year of dreadful Vanderbilt football; on embedding within a semi-pro football team and being forced to soar in a hot air balloon (despite a fear of heights); on why journalism keeps him young.
Jason Gay: Wall Street Journal sports columnist and author, "I Wouldn't Do That If I Were Me: Modern Blunders and Modest Triumphs (but Mostly Blunders)"
On how one writes funny material; on what little life quirks make for good columns; on his run as a major sports television star; on writing Michigan-Ohio State with a unique viewpoint.
Slinging Yang, Winning Me Over
Jeff Pearlman does a wonderful job with this podcast, which has a weird name but delivers a great listen every episode. He is a superb interviewer and listener, and has a real gift for drawing his guests out, resulting in all sorts of fresh insights into the writing process. Keep on slinging, Mr. Pearlman.
Can’t miss an episode
Jeff’s interviews never disappoint and I have bought and read many of the authors (including Jeff of course) based on hearing the interviews! Such great conversations
I really enjoy this podcast - especially when Jeff quotes parts of articles or books and asks questions about it. Really cool to be a fly on the wall during these convos. He asks great questions and always is prepared. Curiosity means a lot to me.
I’m a big fan of Greg Bishop’s writing - might he be a future guest? Or Erik Larson, one of my faves.
Oh, and by the way, my older brother was (small) part of your USFL book. Those were the days. Halftime of a Oklahoma Outlaws game I attended was 7v7 rugby!!