Obit Speaks show

Obit Speaks

Summary: Obit Magazine has launched a new series of podcasts featuring interviews with the writers of our award-winning content. The feed has been validated and can be found here: A little more about us: Obit Magazine provides coverage on how the loss of a person, a place, an object or an idea presents an opportunity for examination. Obit asks the question, "What defines an important life?". It is a forum for ideas about life, death, and transition written by some of the most respected journalists in the American media. Obit was recently named an Official Honoree of the 2009 Webby Awards in two categories: Best Copy/Writing and Best Magazine.


 Milton Rogovin: Helping Everyone See | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:10

Social Documentary photographer Milton Rogovin died on January 18 at the age of 101. Critic Jeff Weinstein speaks with's Krishna Andavolu about Rogovin's legacy and the connection between vision and truth.

 Remember That You Will Die, Winner's Reading | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:28

Highlights from the Remember That You Will Die Winner's Reading held at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on July 30, 2010. Visit to read the full stories, which were selected from more than a hundred entries.

 Larry Sultan: The Pleasures of Doubt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:47

Obit Speaks featuring Krishna Andavolu speaking with writer Jeff Weinstein about his remembrance of photographer Larry Sultan who died in December 2009. Sultan, whose two major bodies of work helped birth conceptual photography, reveled in ambiguity.

 Patrick Swayze: Hungry Eyes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:34

Obit Speaks featuring Krishna Andavolu speaking with author Joyce Gemperlein about the allure of actor Patrick Swayze. While watching "Dirty Dancing" with her pre-adolescent daughter, Gemperlein notes, "I could see it dawning, however subliminally, on this young teenager that, as playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote, 'Dance is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.'"

 Ted Kennedy: A Strong Finish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:31

Obit Speaks featuring Krishna Andavolu speaking with Judy Bachrach about the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Bachrach explains that Kennedy strove to atone for the foolish and criminal acts of his younger life.

 Ask Judy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:17
 Michael Schaffer: The Grim Reader | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 00:13:53

Obit Speaks featuring Krishna Andavolu speaking with the author of Obit Magazine's weekly wrap-up of the art and science of obit writing, the Grim Reader. How do you wrap up a life?

 Hidden Memorials | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:01

Photographer Lisa Ross travelled to the western Chinese province of Xinjiang to photograph Sufi burial mounds cut off to foreign visitors and Sufi practitioners alike. These structures and Ross' subtle and sensitive portraits occasion critic Jeff Weinstein to consider the form of photography as it relates to memory, legacy and social documentation.

 Death of Silence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:52

Of the many fronts of natural degradation, silence is perhaps the least recognized. But author John Grossmann finds that natural silence connects us to a pre-modern consciousness like no other natural feature of the earth. We would ignore its demise at our own peril.

 When Death Came To Call | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:19

When Death Came To Call


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