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The best conversations about writing happen at the bar after deadline. That's the vibe we're going for here. A podcast about writing, with Brian Moritz.

The best conversations about writing happen at the bar after deadline. That's the vibe we're going for here. A podcast about writing, with Brian Moritz.

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United States

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The best conversations about writing happen at the bar after deadline. That's the vibe we're going for here. A podcast about writing, with Brian Moritz.

Twitter:

@bpmoritz

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 127: This Would Have Been a Good Tweet with Shea Serrano

7/30/2020
Shea Serrano, three-time New York Times best-selling author and columnist for The Ringer, returns to The Other 51 to talk about movies, writing and his new short story. Take a spoiler-free deep dive into Shea’s short story, Post: What’s the biggest difference between writing fiction and nonfiction? What scared him most about the process? Why is the big idea the most important thing in everything he writes? And how does a great editor make all the difference? There’s a great lesson to be...

Duration:00:33:54

Episode 126: Use Your Words with Alysa Auriemma

7/16/2020
Alysa Auriemma, a writer and teacher, makes her record-setting fifth appearance on The Other 51. The conversation begins with a discussion of Alysa’s forthcoming book, All Daughter’s Rise, which has been accepted for publication. Alysa discusses the editing process and the joys of working with a good editor. Alysa also talks about her new podcast, Brides of Frankenstein. Then, J.K. Rowling comes up and, well, things go from there. Alysa on Twitter All Daughter’s Rise Brides of...

Duration:00:55:01

Episode 125: Approaching with Curiosity with Michelle Garcia

7/9/2020
Michelle Garcia, the newly hired editor of NBCBLK and a veteran journalist, joins Brian to talk about professional reinvention, how journalists should be covering protest movements like Black Lives Matter, scrapbooking and more. You read that last part right. There’s a whole racial reckoning happening in the scrapbooking world, and Michelle spills all the tea. Michelle, who first joined Brian in 2016 (remember when that was the worst year ever?), talks about the challenges of starting a...

Duration:00:39:49

Episode 124: Talk a Story to Death with Katie Barnes

7/2/2020
Katie Barnes, a feature writer for ESPN, joins Brian this week to talk about writing, reporting, Title IX, activism in journalism, transgender athletes, Maya Moore and more. Katie talks about their career path to ESPN, and how their experience as an activist in the LGBTQ community helped their reporting. Katie and Brian do a deep dive into the three incredible stories Katie wrote for ESPN in June - about Maya Moore’s quest for justice; the rights of transgender athletes the future of...

Duration:00:30:28

Episode 123: Grammar Tingle with Jen Moritz

6/25/2020
Jen Moritz, Brian’s wife and the best editor he’s ever met, joins us this week to talk about the importance of editing, language, and word choice in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Jen talks about the conversations she is having with writers about the words they choose, what those words mean and how they can be interpreted. She discusses the Associated Press’ decision to start capitalizing Black when referring to people, common phrases that have racist, classist or...

Duration:00:30:28

Episode 122: Canadian Rock Bands of the 1990s with Amber Healy

6/11/2020
Amber Healy, a writer and journalist, joins Brian to talk about her writing career, her career path, and her love of Canadian Rock bands of the 1990s and early 2000s. OK, let’s be real. Amber and Brian talk A LOT about their love of Canadian Rock bands of the 1990s. Amber and Brian talk about their respective paths to their shared love of Canadian alternative rock, how Toronto radio stations were to Buffalo kids what Buffalo TV stations were to Toronto kids, and what was so special about...

Duration:00:33:59

Episode 121: You Have to See Point Break with Joe Iconis

5/28/2020
Joe Iconis, the Tony-nominated writer and composer of Be More Chill, joins Brian this week to talk about creativity in the time of COVID–19, his songwriting process, Keanu Reeves and more. Joe describes what it’s like living in New York City during quarantine, what it’s like to be in a dark theater district and a quiet Times Square, how he’s able to keep writing despite everything going on, and how he’s being inspired by art. But the real burning question: How would The Squip in Be More...

Duration:00:31:45

Episode 120: Accidental Academic with Leander Schaerlaeckens

5/21/2020
Leander Schaerlaeckens, a lecturer at Marist College and columnist at Yahoo Sports, joins Brian to talk about teaching, column writing, Donald Trump’s baseball career, and more. Leander and Brian compare notes from this crazy spring 2020 semester, and talk about what worked and didn’t work in teaching sports media classes during the pandemic. Leander talks about how he used Discord in one of his classes. Leander, who refers to himself as an “accidental academic,” traces his career path...

Duration:00:37:54

Episode 120: Accidental Academic with Leander Schaerlaeckens

5/20/2020
Leander Schaerlaeckens, a lecturer at Marist College and columnist at Yahoo Sports, joins Brian to talk about teaching, column writing, Donald Trump’s baseball career, and more. Leander and Brian compare notes from this crazy spring 2020 semester, and talk about what worked and didn’t work in teaching sports media classes during the pandemic. Leander talks about how he used Discord in one of his classes. Leander, who refers to himself as an “accidental academic,” traces his career path...

Duration:00:37:54

Episode 119: Emotional Support Radish with Katie Cook

5/14/2020
Comic artist Katie Cook rejoins the podcast to talk about her delightful webcomic, “Nothing Special.” Katie and Brian (with help from Brian’s daughter) do a deep dive into the world of “Nothing Special,” which has just started its third book on Webtoon. Katie discusses where the idea for the comic came from, how it was inspired in part by a Neil Gaiman novel and how this is the most “her” project she’s ever done. Katie talks about how writing digital comics is different, and what it’s like...

Duration:00:34:26

Episode 118: No-Inch-Count Environment with Michael Sharp

5/7/2020
A decade ago, Michael Sharp and Brian had desks right next to each other. They were both sports writers at the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton (N.Y.). Michael covered minor-league hockey, Brian minor-league baseball and college sports. Now, they’re both former sports writers. Michael works in marketing in Virginia, Brian’s a professor. Michael and Brian reminisce about their careers as sports journalists. What happens when you realize the only job you’ve ever wanted isn’t for you...

Duration:00:39:06

Episode 117: Tell Your Story with Melissa Isaacson

4/30/2020
Sports journalist, author and professor Melissa Isaacson joins Brian this week to talk about teaching, writing, reporting and the 1990s Chicago Bulls. Melissa and Brian start out by talking about what it’s like to teach journalism — particularly sports journalism — during the cornavirus pandemic in 2020. Melissa talks about how being forced to teach online has made her a better professor, how to teach students to do better phone interviews and how this time can be an opportunity for...

Duration:00:47:50

Episode 116: Where's Upstate NY with Jon Campbell

4/23/2020
Jon Campbell, who covers New York State government and Andrew Cuomo for USA Today Network-New York, joins Brian this to talk about being a government writer both in the BeforeTimes and the post-coronavirus world. The conversation starts with a lot of talk about where Upstate New York begins, why Jon loves trolling people about it, the differences between regions in New York State, and the trap that national writers fall into when writing about upstate. That moves into a deeper conversation...

Duration:00:35:58

Episode 115: Frankenstein's Monstering with Jared Diamond

4/16/2020
Jared Diamond, a national baseball writer for the Wall Street Journal and the author of the new book “Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run Revolution,” joins Brian this week. Jared talks about how being a baseball writer during the Covid-19 Pandemic is a lot busier than you’d expect and where he was supposed to be this week before the world stopped. Jared and Brian discuss the writing and reporting of Swing Kings in depth. Jared talks about the unlikely role that Marlon...

Duration:00:41:51

Episode 114: Deadline Junkies with Jesse Dougherty

4/9/2020
Less than five months ago, the last time Jesse Dougherty was a guest on the podcast, he had just started writing a book about the Washington Nationals World Series Championship. Now, the book is out, and Jesse makes the move from “guest star” to “regular cast member.” Jesse and Brian talk about the writing and reporting of “Buzz Saw.” Jesse describes how he got started with the project, what it was like to write a 90,000-word book in just seven weeks, and why coffee shops are so important...

Duration:00:33:58

Episode 113: Intoxicated by the Language with Dr. Rick Simpson

3/26/2020
Dr. Rick Simpson was … is … one of those teachers. Simpson, who was an English professor at St. Bonaventure University for 46 years, and Brian reconnect this week. Brian, who took three classes with Doc Simpson, gets to say thank you for teaching him some of the most valuable writing lessons of his life. Simpson talks about how the sportswriters he read as a kid in San Francisco in the 1950s influenced him as much as the English authors and poets he later taught. Simpson and Brian discuss...

Duration:00:35:04

Episode 112: Listening to the Ghosts with Mike Vaccaro

3/19/2020
So what’s it like to be a sports writer when there’s no sports? That’s the question all sports journalists are facing during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and this week, we check in with New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro to see how he’s still doing his job. Mike discusses how this time is bringing sports journalists back to their roots, the stories he’d most like to do, his favorite sports videos on YouTube and the singular value of persistence.

Duration:00:28:57

Episode 111: The Cat's Very Excited with Nicole Schuman

3/14/2020
Nicole Schuman has worked professionally in digital media, in format or another, since 2006. Somehow, she’s never been a guest on a podcast before this. Nicole joins Brian this week, and they talk about living through the week that the Coronavirus pandemic became real in the U.S. Nicole talks about what it’s like to live in New York City during the pandemic, what it’s like to write the media aspect of this story, and how she tries to maintain her own mental health after thinking about the...

Duration:00:26:41

Episode 110: Best to Bon Jovi with Troy Smith

3/5/2020
At 26 years old, Troy Smith found himself laid off from his job as a reporter at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester. He was shocked. But he did what he had done his whole career. He got back to work. He had started a music magazine at St. Bonaventure University. He and a partner started a tattoo magazine in Rochester, and that got him noticed by Cleveland.com, where he now works as an entertainment reporter. Troy joins Brian this week to talk about his career in journalism, how his...

Duration:00:32:04

Episode 109: Vitameatavegamin with Cameron Hurst

2/7/2020
This episode was supposed to be an interview with a recent college graduate about what it’s like to be entering journalism in 2020. Instead, Cameron Hurst — a recent St. Bonaventure graduate and current part-time sports writer in his hometown of Jamestown, N.Y. - just regales Brian with story after story. Among them: - How members of his family were in cahoots both with Lucille Ball and gangsters during prohibition. - How Cameron found himself performing Lucy’s “vitameatavegamin” bit for...

Duration:00:35:07