How to be a Music Critic With The New Yorker’s Kelefa Sanneh

Bryan and David break down the recent NFL/NBA Insider controversy and touch on recent news involving Adam Schefter sharing an unpublished story with a source (0:40). Later, Bryan is joined by music critic Kelefa Sanneh to discuss how he got his start, what it’s like discovering and writing music criticism…
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The Bad Art Friend and Covering Urban Meyer

Bryan and David break down Robert Kolker’s story “Who Is the Bad Art Friend?” and weigh in on the moral arguments posed by the story (6:48). Later, they discuss how the media covered the Urban Meyer video (38:55) and answer more Listener Mail. Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the…
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How to Be a Sports Radio Host With Ryen Russillo

Bryan is joined by The Ringer’s Ryen Russillo to discuss his career as a sports radio host dating back to his time at 1510 The Zone in Boston (1:53), his transition from local to national radio (42:54), and the differences between hosting a radio show and hosting a podcast (52:06). Host:…
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The Fall of Ozy and the Return of Jon Stewart

Bryan and David talk through the timeline of Ozy Media and touch on what led to its collapse (5:25) before discussing how the return of Jon Stewart and his new Apple TV+ show could be received in the modern media landscape (29:02). Plus: “Only in Journalism” Words, Overworked Twitter Jokes of…
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Eric Schlosser and 'Fast Food Nation'

Bryan is joined by journalist and author Eric Schlosser to discuss the 20th anniversary of his book ‘Fast Food Nation.’ They talk through the process of turning his magazine story into a book (2:49), discuss what it was like reporting on the fast food industry from talking to the founder…
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Eric Schlosser on the 20th Anniversary of 'Fast Food Nation'

Bryan is joined by journalist and author Eric Schlosser to discuss the 20th anniversary of his book ‘Fast Food Nation.’ They talk through the process of turning his magazine story into a book (2:49), discuss what it was like reporting on the fast food industry from talking to the founder…
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The Cult of Jen Psaki and the Era of Mass Fame

Bryan and David dissect Chris Hayes’s piece in The New Yorker, “On the Internet, We’re Always Famous.” They discuss how the internet has changed our social life and talk through how it’s brought us to an “era of mass fame” (0:31). Then, they talk about the cult of Jen Psaki…
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Gabby Petito Coverage, ESPN and Gambling, and a Terrible Emmys Question

Bryan and David open up the mailbag and answer your Listener Mail. They talk through the Gabby Petito coverage (5:15), weigh in on ESPN’s high-profile employees investing in gambling (14:00), discuss how members of the media consume content (30:35), and much more! Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week…
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How Does Bob Woodward Do It? Plus: Politico and “Off the Record.”

David Shoemaker is a married man! After discussing the nuptials, Bryan and David touch on ‘Peril,’ the latest Bob Woodward book, co-authored by Robert Costa (6:00). Then they dive into Politico’s “OFF THE RECORD” debacle (25:30) and charging a fee to be on podcasts (34:22). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke…
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Listener Mail on the Rules of Journalism, Elizabeth Holmes’s Trial, and an In-Season ‘Hard Knocks’

Bryan and David answer your Listener Mail and discuss how the rules of journalism are approached (0:36), react to the reporting about the “concerned citizen” at Elizabeth Holmes’s trial (21:42), touch on what an in-season version of ‘Hard Knocks’ could look like (29:21), and much more! Plus, the Overworked Twitter…
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