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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 • 240 Ratings

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

    Chris Herring: Sports Illustrated writer and author, "Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks"

    Chris Herring: Sports Illustrated writer and author, "Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks"

    On chronicling the exploits of the NBA's most physical team; on efforts to speak with Patrick Ewing and John Starks; on saying no and no to a topic—then yes.

    • 56 min
    Jessie Sage: Writer/Sex Worker/Former Pittsburgh City Paper Sex Columnist

    Jessie Sage: Writer/Sex Worker/Former Pittsburgh City Paper Sex Columnist

    On working in sex and also chronicling the world of the sex worker; on why the Washington Post insisted she use her real name in a byline; on whether saying, "I love you, too" to a client is kosher; on how one becomes a sex worker; on chronicling the trials of a trans child.

    • 51 min
    Chris Long: Former NFL defensive end and host of The Green Light Pod

    Chris Long: Former NFL defensive end and host of The Green Light Pod

    On athletes engaging with the media and deciding which reporters are trustworthy; on the myriad give-and-take options between scribes and jocks; on why nearly all professional football players are—ultimately—meat and what it's like to walk away from the sport.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Steve Cannella: Sports Illustrated co-editor in chief

    Steve Cannella: Sports Illustrated co-editor in chief

    On the nightmarish joy/hell of the 1999 compilation of SI's 50th greatest athletes from every state; on how we left out Geprge Brett (deliberately) and Evander Holyfield (accidentally); on whether print magazines are still worth reading; on how life without an office can be shockingly productive

    • 41 min
    Katie Strang: The Athletic senior enterprise and investigative writer

    Katie Strang: The Athletic senior enterprise and investigative writer

    On digging and digging and digging into a subject until there's nothing left to dig; on an eye-opening investigation into the Arizona Coyotes; on the art of the cold call; on the perils and/or advantages of interviewing someone over beers.

    • 49 min
    Mark Fainaru-Wada: ESPN investigative reporter and co-author of "Game of Shadows"

    Mark Fainaru-Wada: ESPN investigative reporter and co-author of "Game of Shadows"

    On how Mark's Barry Bonds book brought him glory, while my Barry Bonds brought bought me Dollar Store space; on how the entire Balco investigation commenced; on the non-joys of cold calling subjects.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

Brods15 ,

Once a writer..

(Couple of times) Journalism student, aspirational writer. I stumbled on this podcast about three years ago and have been a regular listener ever since. Perlman’s outlook is refreshing and his encouragement to “keep writing,” is what all writers - imposters or not - need to hear. So thanks.

2dopenot2hope ,

Great for Journalists in Training!

I’ve been listening to this as a freshman journalism major, and it’s been so beneficial to learn from people that are currently working in the field. I also really appreciate the diversity of perspectives on the show. If you haven’t yet, subscribe to his Substack too, it’s the best thing in my inbox!

irishsundevil99 ,

Similarity in diversity

One of the things I enjoy most comes from the diversity of perspectives (sports, art, journalism, editors, biographers, and university professors in my case, among others) - a diversity of perspectives that many times ring familiar in my experience. Writing is a terrifying, maddening, wonderful window in to our lives and experiences and Jeff Pearlman and guests bring their truths to the table reminding me the writing process is a journey without end, but many beginnings - writing gives a thousand lives. Thank you for bringing life Jeff.

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