Sep 18, 2020 • 47M

Episode 229 #Interviewing with NPR's Celeste Headlee

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

It’s a madcap, free-ranging episode where we go from figuring out how to get your important work done (and quit doom-scrolling through your phone) to embracing that same phone for its best use: nourishing conversations with the people you love and then launch into some fantastic tips for interviewing experts (or podcast guests!) that you won’t want to miss.

Links from the pod and the scoop on our guest: Celeste Headlee is an NPR journalist and the author of three books:

Do Nothing

We Need to Talk

Heard Mentality

Celeste talks about the danger of working from home with Mary Elizabeth Williams on Salon.

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Celeste: Studs Terkel’s Race helped me understand race (as a black jew) like never before

KJ: Motherland by Leah Franqui

Jess: Magical Thinking, Lust and Wonder, and Toil and Trouble by Augusten Borroughs

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