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May72020

Interviewing True Crime Writers/Broadcasters…

In my ongoing quest to speak to all of the world’s most interesting creative people, I’ve been interviewing writers and broadcasters in the true crime genre I admire for The Blotter Presents podcast. Most recently..

Phoebe Judge. Host and Co-Producer of the incredible “Criminal” podcast. 

I spoke to Ms. Judge on the May 6 episode of the program (#142) about her journalistic background as a midwesterner who cut her teeth reporting from the deep south, “Criminal” not being crime-solvers or moral arbiters, what counts as a story about crime or wrong doing and the placement of the now immortal “I’m Phoebe Judge. This is Criminal”

 

Robert Kolker
Robert Kolker, author of “Lost Girls” An Unsolved American Mystery” (2012)

I spoke to Mr. Kolker on the April 7 episode of the program (#138) about the Netflix adaptation of “Lost Girls”, covering a crime story with no arrest at the end, the best medium for an ongoing investigation and his new book, which Oprah just chose for her bookclub in April.

Who should I speak to next?

Apr32020

Daily Links: Bill Withers (RIP), COVID-19, Joan Didion

Goodbye, Bill Withers. You will be missed terribly but your songs–“Lean on Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Just the Two of Us”, “Lovely Day–will live forever. Mr. Withers twin interviews on Death, Sex and Money and Bullseye are two of the great conversations with a musician in the history of radio.

 

“Every Food Service and Delivery Strike Happening Right Now”  [The Cut]

 

The cancelled SXSW Film Festival will be showing many of its feature films virtually via a partnership with Amazon Prime [Indie Wire]

 

Unsurprisingly, time spent watching streamed entertainment has spiked 20% worldwide [Bloomberg News]

 

“This Pandemic is not your Vacation” — Anne Helen Peterson [BuzzFeed News]

 

“I’ve Spent 27 Years in Solitary Confinement. Here Are Some Tips on Making the Best Use of Time Alone.”[Mother Jones]

 

Recommended: “Trouble in Lakewood” the classic 1993 New Yorker story by Joan Didion about The Spur Posse.  [via Robert Kolker]

 

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