Narrative Journalism, Part Two

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photoEarlier this month, some of the country's best writers met in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the 2004 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism to share their best work.

Jay Allison recalls the moment when he tells his daughter that her divorced dad is dating again. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Helen Ubinas lashes out with frustration and grief at having to attend the funeral of yet another 12-year-old victim of urban violence. And Tracy Kidder reveals his intimate journey with the tireless humanitarian doctor, Paul Farmer.

Hear part two of a series of readings from those writers — delivered in the authors' own voices.


Jay Allison, independent broadcast journalist, four-time Peabody Award winner and executive director of Atlantic Public Media;
DeNeen Brown, former Canada bureau chief, The Washington Post;
Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of several books, including "Home Town" and "The Soul of a New Machine. His new book is "Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World, The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer.";
Mark Kramer, director of the Neiman Program on Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence at the Neiman Foundation at Harvard University;
Helen Ubinas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist, The Hartford Courant

Louise Kiernan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Chicago Tribune

Walt Harrington, author and head of the Department of Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is author of five books including "The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friendship and Family.";
Adam Hochschild, author and co-founder of Mother Jones. He teaches writing at the University of California Berkeley. He is author of "King Leopold's Ghost" and of the forthcoming book "Bury the Chains."

This program aired on December 28, 2004.


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