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An Ode To Obituaries And Obituarists

Aug 24, 2017

On the one hand, obituaries are an amalgam of a bunch of different kinds of journalism: they're feature stories, they're profile pieces, they cover history, and they're hard news too.

On the other hand, the subject is always... dead.

This hour, a look at the art of obituary writing and the new documentary, Obit.

GUESTS:

  • Kate Cimini - A freelance sports journalist currently working on her Master’s in journalism at Northwestern University
  • Vanessa Gould - Produced and directed the documentary Obit.
  • Heather Lende - Obituarist for the Chilkat Valley News in Alaska and the author of Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer
  • Bruce Weber - Retired New York Times obituarist

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.