Two Writers Slinging Yang is my weekly podcast, featuring a one-on-one conversation with writers of myriad mediums and genres. Why is it called “Two Writers Slinging Yang”? Well, it sorta made me laugh—mixing what should be a pretty solid and dignified conversation between two practitioners of a craft with one of my all-time favorite terms for talking shit. So, yeah.
I started the podcast in 2017 using the now-defunct Bumpers.fm software. When that went down I switched briefly to Anchor, and now record using ringr. Although the majority of the guests pertain to sports, I want to continue to diversify and branch out.
Episode 135: David Climer, former Tennessean columnist: On calling for Pat Summitt to step away from the Tennessee women’s program; on the 1996 Olympic bomb.
Episode 134: Leigh Montville, former Boston Globe columnist and SI senior writer: On covering the 1986 World Series; on the death of a famed golfer; on writing a book on Manute Bol.
Episode 133: Brittany Ghiroli, Washington Nationals beat writer, The Athletic: On being hit on by a Major League player; on the boring slog that is the MLB Winter Meetings.
Episode 132: Ryan DuVall, restaurant reviewer for the Journal Gazette in Ft. Wayne, Indiana: On when it’s OK to bash an eatery in a review; of what makes a great meal; on whether Olive Garden is digestible.
Episode 131: Steve Politi, Star-Ledger sports columnist: On starting in the business at age 15; on the story of a high school baseball coach sued by the player he instructed to slide; on 355 Eli Manning-related bylines.
Episode 130: Amber Skye, writer of lesbian erotica: On words like clit and cunt and making them work; on thinking up sex scenes.
Episode 129: Jerry Brewer, Washington Post sports columnist: On watching the winless Dolphins face the winless Redskins; on what makes the best sports writers brilliant.