Ray Suarez

The Turnaround: Ray Suarez

The Turnaround
Jesse Thorn
Ray Suarez

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Ray Suarez is a broadcast journalist and news anchor who has done just about everything under the wider "journalism" umbrella. He began his career working for WMAQ in Chicago, covering local and national news. He was a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour, hosted NPR's Talk of the Nation for almost seven years, and most recently, he hosted a show on Al Jazeera America called Inside Story. He is a published author, and is currently a visiting professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Photo: Courtesy of Ray Suarez

Ray is the kind of journalist that you would want to talk to as a private citizen. He's kind, morally adept, and does not try to take advantage in any way. He's still a super fair guy when he's interviewing public figures, but he tries to get them off script -- which he's become really good at in his more than three decades-long career.

Ray tells Jesse about his childhood ambition to be a professional journalist. They talk about his time reporting local news, and what he learned about talking to private versus public people. They also talk about the moral choices that comes with interviewing non-professionals. We also find out what it's like to interview politicians, and how to get the better, less rehearsed interview.

Ray has written three books, the most recent of which is called Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation. You can also hear Ray interviewing Desus Nice, the Kid Mero, and Walter Murch on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn this past February here.

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.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 308: Live From Washington DC

Ray Suarez
Dom Flemons Trio

"Rabius Corpus" and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on September 21, 2016. Plus, Sean and Jamie from Episode 194 "Do You Want to Hoard Some Snowglobes?" return with more Frozen-related justice. We also hear from Ray Suarez with an expert testimony and music from the Dom Flemons Trio!

For info on Dom Flemons' tour dates, music and more, visit TheAmericanSongster.com! Ray Suarez is on Twitter @RaySuarezNews and Linda Holmes, who introduced the live show for us, is @nprmonkeysee. You can also catch Linda on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Click here to check out Pumpkin the Raccoon's Instagram account, as referenced in "Rabius Corpus." Evidence from that case and the Chicken Pot Pie Swift Justice dispute are below:

Sign up for Judge Hodgman's newsletter at bit.ly/hodgmail. If you're in the Western, MA area this summer, make sure to check out the Solid Sound Festival, where Judge Hodgman is hosting the Comedy Stage. Judge Hodgman's newest book Vacationland is also available for pre-order at bit.ly/painfulbeaches.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Desus Nice, The Kid Mero, and Walter Murch

The Kid Mero
Desus Nice
Walter Murch

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Ray Suarez guest hosts this week.

Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Desus Nice and The Kid Mero on their new Viceland TV show Desus & Mero

Desus and Mero have worked together since 2013 when they started their first podcast Desus vs. Mero but have actually known each other since going to summer school together in The Bronx. Both Mero and Desus have huge Twitter followings, where they first cultivated a rapport. Eventually, they transferred it to podcasting. After their first podcast ended, they started The Bodega Boys which has a similar vibe and is everything that makes podcasts great; improvised, diverse, hilarious, and irreverent. Their success in podcasting has lead to Vice tapping them to host their flagship late-night show on Viceland, the new television network. It's called Desus & Mero, of course.
In for Jesse Thorn, public media legend Ray Suarez talk with Desus and Mero about their new TV show and the differences between being funny on twitter and producing a TV show or podcast. They tell us why they talk about race so much, and give us a look into what it was really like to grow up in Bronx in the 1980's.

You can watch Desus & Mero weeknights at 11 p.m. on Viceland. You can also find The Bodega Boys podcast on iTunes or wherever you download podcasts.

Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Walter Murch talks sound and film editing and the new book about him, Waves Passing in the Night

Three time Academy Award winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch has been a part of Hollywood scene for over 50 years. One of his most frequent collaborators is Francis Ford Coppola - he worked on Apocalypse Now and The English Patient. In his free time, though, he does something completely different: astrophysics. He's particularly mesmerized by Bode's Law, the almost 250 year old theory that explains the spacing and orbit of the planets. Murch is the subject of Lawrence Weschler's new book Waves Passing in the Night, which chronicles Murch's education in astrophysics.
Murch tells Ray about how the move from analog to digital machines changed the game, his obsession with science and astrophysics, and what he learned about sound editing from Marlon Brando.
Waves Passing In The Night is out now.

The Outshot: The Young Pope

Photo: HBO

Ray tells us why the HBO limited series The Young Pope is so surprisingly captivating.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ray Suarez & Dan Deacon

Ray Suarez
Dan Deacon
Phoebe Robinson

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our World Tour of Several American Cities! Here’s our show recorded in front of a live audience at NPR Studio 1 in Washington D.C.

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Photo by Kenneth Lecky

Comedy: Phoebe Robinson on Break Ups, Cat Calling and Bi-Racial Mathematics

New York comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson opened our DC show.

Her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, will launch soon with WNYC. Robinson co-hosts the show with The Daily Show's Jessica Williams.

You can find more from Phoebe, including live dates at her website, www.phoeberobinson.tumblr.com.

Photo by Kenneth Lecky

Ray Suarez on Being the Face of Diversity and Life as a Role Model

Ray Suarez is a broadcast journalist and writer with a thirty-plus year career in journalism. He currently hosts Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. Previously he was a senior correspondent on the PBS NewsHour and before that was the host of Talk of the Nation on NPR.

He has explored the cultural history of the United States in three books which include Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation and The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.

Ray Suarez shared the stage with Jesse to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, frequently being the first non-white hire and how it feels to be an unintentional role model.

Inside Story airs weekdays at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on Al Jazeera America.

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Photo by Kenneth Lecky

Dan Deacon on His Love of Aerosmith, Theatrics and Touring with Miley Cyrus

Dan Deacon is a longtime Bullseye favorite -- an electronic musician who's earned a large following for his fun and exciting live shows. He's become known for his own unique brand of audience participation during his sets.

Deacon performed live in front of our studio audience and also talked about his early affinity for Aerosmith, incorporating theatrics into his performance and what it’s like to tour with Miley Cyrus.

Dan Deacon’s latest album is Gliss Riffer.

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