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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.


Episode 302: Megan Greenwell

Megan Greenwell is the editor-in-chief of Deadspin.

“I’m the first external hire to be the EIC in Deadspin history, so not everybody knew me or knew anything about my work. I don’t think there was resistance to me being hired, but I do think when you’re coming in from outside, there’s a need to say, ‘Hey, no, I can do this.’ Somebody told me about a management adage at one point: everybody tries to prove that they’re competent when they first start, and what you actually have to prove is you’re trustworthy. That is something that I think about all the time.”

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  • [23:00] "Welcome to Deadspin. We Come With a Pure Heart and Mirthful Disposition" (Will Leitch • Sep 2005)
  • [33:00] "The Marathon of Their Lives" (David Fleming • ESPN • Oct 2013)
  • [40:45] "How Things Went Bad at GOOD Magazine, What's Next for Fired Staff and the Company They Left" (Andrew Beaujon • Poynter • Jun 2012)
  • [44:00] "Water's Edge (Taffy Brodesser-Akner • ESPN • Mar 2016)
  • [44:00] "You Can Only Hope to Contain Them" (Amanda Hess • ESPN • Jul 2013)
  • [46:00] "Me, My Father, and Russell Wilson" (Mina Kimes • Slate • Jan 2014)
  • [49:45] "One Mission, Two Newsrooms" (Erik Wemple • Washington City Paper • Feb 2008)
  • [56:30] "Fear Drives Baghdad's Housing Bust" (Washington Post • Sep 2007)
  • [1:03:30] Greenwell's thread about leaving Esquire
  • [1:04:30] "Extra! Extra!" (Alex Foege • People • Mar 2000)
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