A features reporter in the Bay Area, Erik Malinowski has just published his first book, BETABALL: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History. Jason talks with Erik about how he got the idea for the book, how he overcame his early writing anxieties to complete a 115,000-word draft in less than a year, his early experiences as a Wired fact-checker, the dreaded “pivot to video” fad that is consuming our industry, and the wonder that is Steph Curry.
Raised in Toronto and trained as a business reporter, Karen K. Ho took a chance two years ago when she decided to cover the murder trial of a former high-school classmate charged with plotting to kill her parents. Karen's gripping story about the trial, "Jennifer Pan's Revenge," ended up going viral and helped Karen win a scholarship to the Columbia Journalism School. Jason talks to her about paying her dues as a young reporter in Canada, finding mentors, and taking risks.
Malcolm Burnley was a college student doing a class assignment when he stumbled across a true historical find: A lost audio tape of a Malcolm X speech from 1961. The discovery launched Burnley on a journalism career. Now a freelance journalist who has written for Politico, The Atlantic, and Philadelphia magazine, Burnley talks to Jason about how he broke into magazines (as a fact-checker), his childhood in Staten Island, and his encounters with Malcolm X admirers and historians.