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Episode 342: Christine Kenneally

Christine Kenneally has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Monthly. Her 2018 Buzzfeed article, “The Ghosts of the Orphanage,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

"I understood that the abuse was a big part of the story. But the thing that really hooked me and disturbed me and I wouldn’t forget was the depersonalization that went on in these places. It wasn’t just that the records had been lost along the way. It became really clear that the information was intentionally withheld, and it was all part of just this extraordinary depersonalization that happened to these kids.”

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  1. @chriskenneally
  2. Christine Kenneally on Longform
  3. [8:25] The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language (Christine Kenneally • Penguin Books • 2007)
  4. [14:05] "The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures" (Christine Kenneally • Penguin Books • 2015)
  5. [21:18] Kenneally’s New Yorker archive
  6. [22:22] "The Inferno" (New Yorker • Oct 2009)
  7. [24:53] "We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage" (Buzzfeed News • Aug 2018)
  8. [25:21] "The Deepest Cut" (New Yorker • June 2006)
  9. [51:07] Spotlight
  10. [51:20] Pennsylvania Diocese Victims Report

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