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Factual America examines America through the lens of documentary filmmaking. Guests include Academy Award, Emmy and Grammy-winning documentary filmmakers and producers, their subjects, as well as experts on the American experience. Find out more about the current and upcoming documentaries on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Sky Documentaries and other platforms directly from the creators. Whether we discuss true crime, music, burning social and political topics, history, or arts ...
 
Welcome to the behind-the-scenes podcast of the upcoming feature-length documentary film God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno! Composer, DJ, and native-Detroiter Reggie Dokes (@ReggieDokes) guides you through an independent production company’s processes and impact that go far beyond what you see on-screen. Documenting the story of the true origins of techno music has been a 10-year international journey of filmmaking and a labor of love for the Detroit-bred producers ...
 
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Bradford Pearson (@bradfordpearson) is a journalist, editor, and author of The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story Of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America. Sponsor: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing Social Media @CNFPod Show notes and newsletter: brendanomeara.com Support?: patreon.com/cnfpod…
 
Hell or High Seas (2021) follows U.S. Navy veteran Taylor Grieger and writer Stephen O’Shea on their two-year adventure sailing around Cape Horn, in some of the world’s most treacherous waters. The purpose of this extreme journey was to raise awareness about PTSD and the challenges facing veterans as they return to civilian life. Taylor Grieger, di…
 
Wil Haygood is the author of nine books. His latest is Colorization: 100 Years of Black Films in a White World (Knopf, 2021). This conversation was part of a live series for Goucher College's MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Sponsor: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing. Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod Social Media: @CNFPod Show notes an…
 
Mike Damiano stops by to close out 2021 to talk about his Atavist story "We Wish to be Able to Sing." Social Media: @CNFPod Show notes and newsletter: brendanomeara.com Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod Sponsor love: West Virg. Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative WritingBy Brendan O'Meara
 
Joining us is Vicky Ward, a New York Times bestselling author, investigative journalist and the host and co-producer of Chasing Ghislaine. In 2002 Vicky conducted one of the few interviews ever given by Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier and convicted sex offender. Vicky has now turned her sights on Epstein's former confidante, Ghislaine Maxw…
 
Chip Scanlan (@chipscanlan) is the author of Writers on Writing. He's a teacher, writer, journalist, novelist, etc. A great dude, too. Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod Social: @CNFPod Newsletter: brendanomeara.com Sponsor: West Virg. Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative WritingBy Brendan O'Meara
 
The National Geographic documentary The First Wave captures the harrowing first four months of the Covid-19 pandemic as it played out in one of New York City’s hardest-hit hospital systems. Joining us is Matthew Heineman, an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker who directed and produced this film. The incredible footage he obtained an…
 
Mirin Fader (@mirinfader) is a senior staff writer for The Ringer and the author of Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an MVP. She was twice featured as a notable selection in the Year's Best Sports Writing for her piece on Tyler Skaggs and Gigi Bryant. This episode is dedicated to Kim H. Cross. Sponsor: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creativ…
 
Kenny G is the best-selling instrumentalist of all time, but why does he elicit such heartfelt, negative criticism from some listeners? Penny Lane’s new HBO documentary Listening to Kenny G shows the world-famous saxophonist speaking candidly about his musical background, his stringent work ethic, and his controversial standing in the jazz world. P…
 
Jesse Springer (@springertoons) is a graphic designer and Oregon-based political cartoonist. His latest book, "Only in Oregon," is a greatest hits collection of his cartoons over the span of 26 years. You can buy the book at springerdesign.biz/books. Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod Social Media: @CNFPod Show notes and newsletter: brendanomeara.com…
 
On September 5th 1981 a group of women came together to change the world. These women marched from Wales to Berkshire to protest nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common, a British airbase. Feature-length documentary Mothers of the Revolution (2021) tells the true story of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and how it helped to bring t…
 
The National Geographic documentary Becoming Cousteau explores the life of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, a man well ahead of his time in bringing climate change and environmental devastation to the world’s attention. Mridu Chandra, award-winning filmmaker and one of the producers of Becoming Cousteau, joins us to discuss Cousteau's rem…
 
Ricky Tucker is a writer, teacher, and voguer. He's the author of And the Category Is ... New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community (Beacon Press). Sponsor love: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing Social Media: @CNFPod Newsletter: brendanomeara.com Patreon.com/cnfpodBy Brendan O'Meara
 
The Discovery+ docuseries Curse of the Chippendales chronicles the dark side of the 1980s all-male striptease dance troupe. The muscular men of the Chippendales captured the hearts, minds, and dollars of the 1980s in their iconic cuffs and collars, but what started out as a first in women’s entertainment soon turned into a story of greed, jealousy …
 
Achy Obejas is an author and poet whose latest collection is Boomerang/Bumeran, poems in English and Spanish that aim to be gender-free (tough in Spanish) while addressing immigration, displacment, love, and activism. Social media: @CNFPod, @creativenonfictionpodcast Up to 11 Newsletter: brendanomeara.com Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod Sponsor love: W…
 
Hawking: Can You Hear Me? is a Sky Original documentary that explores the remarkable human story of Stephen Hawking, through candid interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues. The film brings to life the man behind the persona of legendary theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking and in the process shows the impact fame and di…
 
Jen Winston is the author behind Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much (Atria). She's @jenerous on the socials, and you can keep the conversation going @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod on Twitter. Sponsor love: West Virg. Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing Patreon love: patreon.com/cnfpod Up-to-11 Newsletter and show …
 
The Rescue explores the story of the dramatic Tham Luang cave rescue in 2018, when twelve boys and their soccer coach were saved from deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand. But like all great documentaries, it is about so much more – bravery, cave diving, the human spirit and ultimately, generosity. The Rescue is the latest masterpiece by…
 
Kim H. Cross (@kimhcross) is the author of The Stahl House: Case Study House #22: The Making of a Modernist Icon (Chronicle Chroma). She is a best selling author and her work has been featured in The Years' Best Sports Writing and Best American Sports Writing, among many other places. Sponsor: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writin…
 
A young man from the San Francisco suburbs journeys to the Middle East and soon finds himself as the face of Islamist extremism in post-9/11 America. This is the story of John Walker Lindh, as explored in the recent Showtime hit documentary Detainee 001. Emmy-winning director Greg Barker joins us to discuss this unlikeliest of stories. The film sho…
 
Jen A. Miller returns after a near-five-year absence from the show to talk about her new e-book about supercharging your freelance career. She's @byJenAMiller on Twitter. Sponsor love: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing and Casualty of Words, a writing podcast for people in a hurry. Social: @CNFPod Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod …
 
Jeannine Ouellette is the author of the memoir The Part That Burns (Split/Lip Press). She can be reached @msjeannineouellette on Instagram and @_elephantrock on Twitter. Show notes and the monthly newsletter are at brendanomeara.com. Social media: @CNFPod on Twitter, @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod…
 
International Space Station and international co-operation in space has outlived presidents, regimes, current events, 9/11, and it has been carrying on for several decades now. It is fascinating how many people it takes to get someone into space. This is what inspired director and producer Clare Lewins in her new documentary The Wonderful: Stories …
 
Susan Orlean is the best selling author of The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, and The Orchid Thief. She's a staff writer for The New Yorker and her latest collection is On Animals. Show notes and newsletter at brendanomeara.com Social Media: @CNFPod on Twitter and @creativenonfictionpodcast on Instagram.…
 
Laura Todd Carns (@LauraToddCarns) comes by the show to talk about her Atavist feature "Searching for Mr. X." We also hear from the lead editor of the piece Seyward Darby. Visit magazine.atavist.com to read the piece and subscribe to The Atavist. Keep the conversation going @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod on Twitter. Show notes and to …
 
Athena Dixon (@AthenaDDixon) is the author of the essay collection "The Incredible Shrinking Woman." We talk about day jobs, finding the time to write, and stringing together essays for a collection. Sponsors: West Virginia Wesleyan College's MFA in Creative Writing and the Empathy Prize. Social Media: @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod o…
 
Jess Phoenix (@JessPhoenix2018) is a volcanologist and the author of Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life (Timber Press, 2021). Lots of great stuff here. Social Media: @creativenonfictionpodcast on IG and @CNFPod on Twitter. Patreon: patreon.com/cnfpod Sponsor help: mfa.wvwc.edu and thefacingprojectpress.submittable.com…
 
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