writing

Poverty Touches Not Just Pocketbooks, but Mental Health

Studies show that where one falls on the wealth ladder is directly correlated with health outcomes. And though the U.S. is the wealthiest country in the world, where that wealth falls is getting increasingly uneven. The consequences of this uneven distribution are changing how people go about their lives, and even the status of their health. The Takeaway examines these consequences that poverty and financial stress can imprint on a young person's psyche. Plus, we review the case of Junot Díaz, whose culpability for a string of sexual transgressions is being litigated by the public; and a review of congressional testimony that sought to better understand how Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political consultancy firm, operated.

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Poverty Touches Not Just Pocketbooks, but Mental Health

Spooky Scary Studio 360: How to Make Your Skeleton Scary

Happy Halloween!

Jack Handey, thinker of Deep Thoughts, takes on the ultimate holiday question: If a skeleton’s not scary, what’s the point of having one? He offers a few tips on how to make your skeleton live up to its reputation so you’re not burying just another ho-hum pile of bones.

Spooky Scary Studio 360: How to Make Your Skeleton Scary

Brit Bennett on Church, Racism, and Her Novel “The Mothers”

This interview will air next month — but we’re making it available to our podcast listeners early. Enjoy!

Brit Bennett came to prominence in a way that was unheard of in the literary world a generation ago. She published a piece about racial justice in Jezebel in 2014, and it provoked a huge discussion online and demonstrated what a fine writer she is.

Soon enough, she was hearing from literary agents and now she’s publishing her debut novel, “The Mothers.” She talks with Kurt Andersen about how attending different churches in her childhood informed the book, and why she started her novel by revealing its biggest secret. 

Brit Bennett on Church, Racism, and Her Novel “The Mothers”

360 Extra: So Long, Edward Albee

Edward Albee died last week, at 88. Studio 360 remembers this giant of American theater with a feature we ran back in 2004. Reporter Sarah Lemanczyk interviewed Albee about his decision, well into his 70s, to tinker with his very first produced play, “The Zoo Story.” Albee was about to debut a new first act as a sort of prequel to the original play. Lemanczyk was a huge fan of Albee’s, but she was appalled at this idea — and she had the audacity to tell Albee to his face.

360 Extra: So Long, Edward Albee

Diversifying the Writer's Room: Playwright Tanya Saracho on Writing for Television

How hard is it for Latinos to get inside the writer's room of a television hit show like HBO's Girls? Just how hard is it to get Hollywood to step beyond the usual Latino stereotypes? We were curious, so Daniel Alarcón talked to someone who would know: playwright Tanya Saracho.
Diversifying the Writer's Room: Playwright Tanya Saracho on Writing for Television