The 2015 – 2016 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series opens with Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, producers of the public radio program This American Life (TAL) and co-creators of the true crime podcast, Serial. Since its debut in October 2014, Serial has been downloaded more than 60 million times, making it the most listened-to podcast in history. Before joining TAL in 2004, Sarah Koenig reported on criminal justice and politics for New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor and The Baltimore Sun. She has produced and reported some of TAL’s most popular shows, including “Habeas Schmabeas,” a Peabody Award-winning show about Guantanamo Bay.
Since 1997, Julie Snyder has produced many of TAL’s most memorable and ambitious programs, including coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care reform and urban violence in Chicago. Her work with TAL host Ira Glass has garnered four Peabody Awards. Currently Koenig and Snyder are hard at work on the second season of Serial.
Roz Chast’s brilliant cartoons have graced the pages of The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and Mother Jones for more than 30 years. To date she has published nine compilations of her work, including the retrospective Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected and Health-Inspected Cartoons; bestselling children’s books, including The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z (with comedian Steve Martin); and the acclaimed memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, which was a National Book Award finalist and the first graphic novel to win the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The 2015-16 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and its academic partner Case Western Reserve University. Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation’s top-rated library system for six consecutive years.
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