Good writing and radio/podcasting

2009 March 26
by Don Hammack

Carla likes to make fun of how many magazines I get. It’s quite a few (although I did let my subscription to The Atlantic lapse this last go-round), but I read at least bits and pieces of them all and virtually all of most of them. This week, there were a couple of stories I’d like to commend to your attention:

“Wall Street on the Tundra,” Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair: This week, finally, I’ve started to understand a little of the basics of the economic meltdown. Michael Lewis became famous for “Moneyball” a book that

The Pirate Latitudes,” William Langewiesche, Vanity Fair: I’ve been a big fan of Lagnewiesche’s since he wrote for The Atlantic (and one of the reasons I let that subscription lapse was his departure). He’s superb at distilling complex issues and writing about them in an interesting manner. The former airline pilot popped onto my radar for his piece in The Atlantic “The Crash of EgyptAir 990.” He also wrote “American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center” after spending the nine months following 9/11 with the workers clearing the rubble from Ground Zero.

One other thing to recommend, although it will show you how far behind I was in my “This American Life” podcast listening. Their “Bad Bank” episode from Feb. 27 is the latest in their efforts to explain complex economic issues. They’ve broken out of their quirky, storytelling mold to do, well, quirky reporting. Here’s a transcript if you don’t want to pay audible.com.

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  1. 2009 March 26

    Love “This American Life.” Wish this
    http://fathomevents.com/upcoming/details/This_American_Life.html
    was being carried in Memphis.

  2. 2009 March 26
    Don Hammack permalink

    Only place it’s playing in Mississippi is Jackson. Our multiplex in Gulfport does some of the live concert events, but I guess they aren’t picking this one up.

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