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Jeff Pearlman's weekly in-depth, no-holds-barred conversation with a writer on writing. Available here and on iTunes

Two Writers Slinging Yang Jeff Pearlman

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 273 Ratings

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

    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.

    • 46 min
    Melissa Isaacson: Former Chicago Tribune Jordan-era Bulls beat writer, ESPN columnist and (current) Northwestern prof

    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.

    • 55 min
    Danny Penza: Former sports writer for the recently defunct Medford (Oregon) Mail Tribune

    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.

    • 46 min
    Jesse Washington: Andscape senior writer and longtime newspaper/magazine scribe

    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.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Mike Organ, Tennessean sports writer

    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.

    • 43 min
    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)"

    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.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
273 Ratings

273 Ratings

By Alex’s dad ,

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.

AML Veteran ,

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

Hoopdude ,

Real

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!!

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