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Podcast: The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean on leadership

(Writer Susan Orlean |Photo by Jayne Orenstein, The Washington Post)

LISTEN: A conversation with New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean

This week our podcast is with Susan Orlean, a writer at The New Yorker magazine and an author of several nonfiction books, including The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. (Orlean is also the co-host of a podcast called "Crybabies," which explores the many and varied things that make people cry.)

In this conversation, Orlean talks about the craft of writing, how she transformed into a better storyteller, what frustrates her about the publishing industry, and her advice for finding your own narrative voice.

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You may also want to take a look at our condensed transcript of the conversation with Orlean, as well as a beautiful video where she talks about the art of story choice:

The New Yorker's Susan Orlean on the magic and mystery of writing

Also in the podcast series:

A conversation with humorist David Sedaris

A conversation with ballerina Misty Copeland