The Nonfiction Podcast

The Nonfiction Podcast digs into the art and science of nonfiction writing. We look at one nonfiction article every episode and break it down, talking with the writers about how they researched, reported, and put their stories together.
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Dec 23, 2016
In today’s show, I talk with Sabine Heinlein about her story, “Truther Love,” which appeared at in November 2016.

Sabine Heinlein is the author of the narrative nonfiction book Among Murderers: Life After Prison. Her work can be found in The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Poets & Writers, Longreads, and many other publications. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a Margolis Award, a Sidney Gross Award for Investigative Reporting, and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

"Truther Love” looks at the social lives of conspiracy theorists, also known as “truthers,” and how one new dating site is trying to bring them together.   
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For the article I mentioned in the interview about a Sandy Hook victim's father (but couldn't remember the name of the article or the author), it's here: "The Sandy Hook Hoax" by Reeves Wiedeman for New York Magazine, 9.5.2016. Another good read.
And yes, the truther dating site in the story is real. If you're curious about it, or just "awake" and looking for love, here you go
Dec 9, 2016
On this episode, I talk with John Woodrow Cox about his story, “Telling JJ,” which appeared in the Washington Post in September 2015. "Telling JJ” is the story of a 10-year-old girl who is about to learn that she has been HIV positive since birth. The story explores the critical juncture she has reached in life as she is about to learn the truth.

John Woodrow Cox is an reporter at the Washington Post. Prior to joining the Post, he worked at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida and at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

For a follow-up on JJ, one year later, check out John's follow-up story from August 2016: 
Telling JJ: A year after learning she has HIV, an 11-year-old has a breakthrough