Episode 10

Buzz Bissinger

Pulitzer prize-winning writer Buzz Bissinger is the author of "Friday Night Lights," called one of the greatest sports books ever written by Sports Illustrated. His new book is "Father's Day," a memoir about his relationship with his brain-damaged son. Buzz joins Kevin in studio to discuss process.
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“I always end on a high note, so there's more to say. It could be in the middle of a sentence. So when I come back the next day, there's something to latch on to. ”
Buzz Bissinger

Episode 9

Steve Padilla

Steve Padilla is an editor and writing coach at the Los Angeles Times. In 2006, he gave a workshop at the Chicago Tribune, a session so well received that reporters still ask for the recording today. Steve has graciously allowed us to share "Writing Diagnostics," newspaper-centric but applicable to all writers.

Episode 8

Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell is a humorist and historian. She's the author of "Assassination Vacation," "The Partly Cloudy Patriot" and a longtime contributor to "This American Life." Sarah joins Kevin in studio to talk about humor as device, and how her radio background informs her writing style.

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Episode 7

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean writes about taxidermists, bullfighters, hairdressers, clowns, animals, famous people and suburban 10-year-old kids. A staff writer for The New Yorker, Orlean is the author of “The Orchid Thief,” “Saturday Night,” and her latest book, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.”

Episode 6

Ben Montgomery & Michael Kruse

Ben Montgomery and Michael Kruse are the one-two punch of narrative journalism at the Tampa Bay Times. Between the two, they've been honored as Pulitzer finalists and American Society of Newspaper Editors Awards winners. They are founding members of Gangrey.com, a website devoted to good writing and narrative storytelling.

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Episode 5

Joshua Jay

Joshua Jay is one of magic’s most-innovative thinkers and acclaimed performers. He’s a columnist for MAGIC magazine and author of "Magic: The Complete Course" and "Joshua Jay’s Amazing Book of Cards." Joshua joins us in studio to talk about the parallels between creating magic tricks and the writing process.

Episode 4

Shawn Ryan

Shawn Ryan is behind the TV series “Terriers” and “The Chicago Code,” but he’s best known as the creator of the Emmy Award-winning FX show  “The Shield.” Shawn joins Kevin to share his process, and tells how an economics major who “hated writing” became one of Hollywood's most-acclaimed screenwriters.

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About Kevin Pang

Typecast is hosted, produced and edited by Kevin Pang. Kevin is a James Beard Award-winning food writer at the Chicago Tribune and has contributed to ESPN the Magazine and Lucky Peach. You can find his stories here.
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