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Two This American Life stories nominated for best journalism of the decade

Mar 16, 2010
Ira writes: Like they say, it's an honor just being nominated. NYU's Journalism Institute chose 80 stories for the honor of "Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade 2000-2009." They included our "Giant Pool of Money" show about mortgage-backed securities and how they brought down the global economy and a story we did on both radio and TV "If By Chance We Meet Again," about a man who brings his dead pet bull back to life with the help of cloning technology (which doesn't work out as he'd hoped). But I found that reading NYU's full list was surprisingly moving. So many of these stories opened my eyes to things I hadn't known about or fully understood, written and executed with amazing style and understated force. I took inspiration especially from these, during this past decade: James Fallows, Errol Morris, Michael Lewis, David Foster Wallace, Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande, Seymour Hersch, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ron Suskind, George Packer, Alex Gibney and Eva Orner.