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The Turnaround: Susan Orlean

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Show: 
The Turnaround
Guests: 
Susan Orlean

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Susan Orlean has been a journalist for over 30 years, writing for publications like The Rolling Stone and Vogue. In 1992 she was made a staff writer at The New Yorker and has been contributing ever since. She has also written eight books. One of them, The Orchid Thief, was the basis of Adaptation, Charlie Kaufman's 2002 film starring Nicholas Cage and Meryl Streep.

Susan talks to Jesse about how some of her best pieces start as one thing and end up as another, especially once she begins talking to living, breathing human beings. She did just that in her 1994 piece about disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, which she wrote by talking to locals in Harding's hometown of Clackamas, Oregon. She also shares about her experiences interviewing celebrities, including the valuable lesson she learned when profiling Tom Hanks for Rolling Stone.

Visit Susan Orlean's website to learn more about her work, including the many articles and books she's written.

The Turnaround is a production of Maximum Fun in partnership with the Columbia Journalism Review. Visit their website to learn more about their "mission to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society," and to read edited transcripts of our other Turnaround episodes.

Hosted and created by Jesse Thorn
Produced by Kara Hart and Nick Liao
Senior Producer: Laura Swisher
Managing Director: Bikram Chatterji

Music for The Turnaround provided by Mobius Van ChocStraw.

Special thanks to Kyle Pope and his team at CJR, Darrel Frost, and Emilie Erskine.

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/25/2017 - 08:00
City: 
Washington, D.C.
Venue Name: 
Black Cat

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/24/2017 - 07:00
City: 
Philadelphia, PA
Venue Name: 
World Cafe Live

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/23/2017 - 06:30
City: 
Brooklyn, NY
Venue Name: 
The Bell House

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/21/2017 - 08:00
City: 
Boston, MA
Venue Name: 
ONCE Sommerville

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/19/2017 - 07:00
City: 
Toronto, ON
Venue Name: 
The Great Hall

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/18/2017 - 07:00
City: 
Cleveland, OH
Venue Name: 
Beachland Ballroom

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/17/2017 - 07:00
City: 
Chicago, IL
Venue Name: 
Lincoln Hall

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/15/2017 - 07:00
City: 
Milwaukee, WI
Venue Name: 
The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee

➡️TICKETS⬅️

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

GreatestGen's Premature Assimilation Tour

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Date: 
08/14/2017 - 07:30
City: 
Minneapolis, MN
Venue Name: 
Brave New Workshop

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast about Star Trek: The Next Generation, beloved by everyone from people who've never seen an episode, to complete dorkazoids who are fluent in Klingon. Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica tell you what's great, what's bad, and what's hilarious about the show they grew up loving, and still do. It's a little bit nerdy, a lot filthy, and exposes some of Adam and Ben's most embarrassing stories from their dorky childhoods.

This tour has everything: Natural Yeagers, scarves, podcast fluid, Exocomps, and Adam and Ben reviewing the movie Star Trek: First Contact!

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