Typecast: A Show About Writing
Typecast is a show about the writing craft, in which Chicago Tribune reporter Kevin Pang picks the brain of writers far better than him.
info_outline Typecast: Steve Padilla 2 05/17/2016
Typecast: Steve Padilla 2 Los Angeles Times editor Steve Padilla returns with our most practical episode yet: A sentence-level writing seminar, covering topics from verbs and physical descriptions to leads and endings. This episode will be useful to anyone who puts pen to paper — for school, for fun, or for a living.
info_outline Typecast: Jeff Barker 07/27/2015
Typecast: Jeff Barker Jeff Barker began his career as a newspaper reporter in his hometown San Diego. In 2006, he left journalism to join the re-election campaign for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, eventually becoming his head speechwriter. Today, Barker leads his own writing consultancy, penning speeches and op-eds for politicians and Fortune 500 executives.
info_outline Typecast: Dan Wilson 11/26/2014
Typecast: Dan Wilson In the late '90s, Dan Wilson found success with his alternative rock band Semisonic and their radio hit "Closing Time." He's since become one of music's most sought-after songwriters, composing for Adele, Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift. The Grammy Award-winning musician joins us to discuss his approach to songwriting.
info_outline Typecast: Ricky Gervais 07/02/2014
Typecast: Ricky Gervais Ricky Gervais is the writer, director and star of the seminal British comedy The Office. He also created Extras, Life's Too Short, and his latest television series is Derek, now streaming on Netflix. Ricky joins Kevin to talk about his comedy writing process.
info_outline Typecast: Buzz Bissinger 06/12/2012
Typecast: Buzz Bissinger Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger is the author of Friday Night Lights, named one of the best sports books ever written by Sports Illustrated. He's a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Daily Beast, and his new book is Father's Day. Buzz joins Kevin in studio to talk about the reporting process for Father's Day, and the best writing advice he's ever received.
info_outline Typecast: Steve Padilla 04/17/2012
Typecast: Steve Padilla In 2006, Los Angeles Times editor Steve Padilla gave a brownbag lunch writing workshop at the Chicago Tribune newsroom. That session, called "Writing Diagnostics," was so well-received that the recording continues to be requested by Tribune journalists today. Steve has graciously allowed us to air the workshop on Typecast. Newspaper-centric but applicable for all writers, this hour-long episode is not to be missed.
info_outline Typecast: Sarah Vowell 03/23/2012
Typecast: Sarah Vowell Sarah Vowell is a humorist, historian and animated superhero. She's the author of "Assassination Vacation," "The Partly Cloudy Patriot" and a longtime contributor to public radio's "This American Life." You may recognize her voice as Violet Parr from Pixar's "The Incredibles." Sarah joins Kevin Pang in studio to talk about her writing lair, humor as writing device, and the two things she turns to whenever writer's block strikes.
info_outline Typecast: Susan Orlean 02/28/2012
Typecast: Susan Orlean Susan Orlean writes about taxidermists, bullfighters, hairdressers, clowns, animals, famous people and suburban 10-year-old kids. A staff writer for The New Yorker, Orlean is the author of The Orchid Thief, Saturday Night, her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Susan and Kevin talk about recognizing story ideas, writing about animals and people with obsessions, and the best writing advice she's ever received.
info_outline Typecast: Ben Montgomery & Michael Kruse 02/22/2012
Typecast: Ben Montgomery & Michael Kruse Ben Montgomery and Michael Kruse are the one-two punch of narrative journalism at the Tampa Bay Times. Between the two, they've been honored as Pulitzer finalists and American Society of Newspaper Editors Awards winners. They are founding members of Gangrey.com, a website devoted to good writing and narrative storytelling.
info_outline Typecast: Joshua Jay 01/31/2012
Typecast: Joshua Jay Joshua Jay is one of magic's most-innovative thinkers and acclaimed performers. He's a columnist for MAGIC magazine and the author of "Magic: The Complete Course" and "Joshua Jay's Amazing Book of Cards." Joshua joins us in studio to talk about the parallels between creating magic tricks and the writing process.
info_outline Typecast: Shawn Ryan 01/02/2012
Typecast: Shawn Ryan Shawn Ryan is the man behind the TV series Terriers, The Chicago Code, but he's best known as the creator of the Golden Globe-winning FX show, The Shield. Shawn joins Kevin to share his process, and tells how an economics major who "hated writing" became one of Hollywood's most-acclaimed screenwriters.
info_outline Typecast: Colin Quinn 12/17/2011
Typecast: Colin Quinn Colin Quinn recently finished a Broadway run of his critically-acclaimed one-man show "Long Story Short," but he's best known as an anchor on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. He joins us in studio to discuss the fine art of writing comedy.
info_outline Typecast: Chris Jones 12/17/2011
Typecast: Chris Jones At Esquire, Chris Jones follows in the footsteps of Gay Talese and Richard Ben Cramer, and is regarded as one of our finest magazine writers today. He's a National Magazine Award winner and contributes to ESPN the Magazine. Listen to Chris and Kevin chat about profile writing.
info_outline Typecast: Anthony Bourdain 12/17/2011
Typecast: Anthony Bourdain Memoirist, globetrotter, television host and foodie demigod Anthony Bourdain joins us in our series premiere to talk about his writing process. He is the author of "Kitchen Confidential" and a staff writer on HBO's "Treme."