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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Michael Graff. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Michael Graff, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Michael Graff. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Michael Graff, often where they are interviewed.

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Charlotte Agenda's Michael Graff

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Host Konata Edwards talks with Charlotte Agenda's Michael Graff about the city's response to COVID-19, and the struggles of low-income families in Charlotte.

Apr 15 2020 · 32mins
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Journalist Michael Graff

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QCPN's new Charlotte Newsmakers host, journalist Sarah Blake Morgan, talks in-studio with writer Michael Graff.  His recent story for Charlotte Agenda about a Charlotte activist and a troubled teenager gave a face to a startling statistic about upward mobility in The Queen City.

Jun 11 2019 · 45mins

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Episode 70: Michael Graff

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On this episode, host Matt Tullis talks with Michael Graff. Graff was the guest on Episode 35, back in June of 2015. At the time, he was the editor of Charlotte Magazine. He was also writing for places like SB Nation Longform.

Now Graff is a freelance writer and editor. He recently published his first piece with ESPN.com, a story that focused on the life of former NBA legend Muggsy Bogues. That story, How Muggsy Bogues saved his brother’s life, and found the meaning of his own, explores the lives of two brothers, Muggsy, the superstar, and Chuckie, the older brother who spent many years battling drug addiction, but got clean once he started living with Muggsy.

While Graff is still doing a lot of reporting, he’s also started writing, and publishing, some incredibly moving and beautiful essays, including ones about a high school friend whose daughter battled childhood cancer and another about what happened when he tried to cut negative people out of his life.

Graff has written for ESPN, The Guardian, Garden & Gun, The Oxford American, Politico, SUCCESS, Washingtonian, Our State, and Southwest: The Magazine. He writes the monthly column for the back page of Charlotte magazine, where he was the editor from April 2013 to August 2017.
Feb 20 2019 · 50mins
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Episode 2: Michael Graff

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Michael N. Graff, an award-winning writer and editor from North Carolina, has appeared four times in The Sunday Long Read, including last week when Don selected Michael’s essay “Is the Secret to Successs… Faking It?” as his Favorite of the Week. In our second SLR Pod, Don chats with Michael, who was married yesterday to Laura Houston (Congrats!), about the writing life, the difference between journalism and essay-writing, the importance of nailing the most authentic details in our stories and this thing Michael has for crab cakes. A special thanks to writer Tommy Tomlinson, a mutual friend of Michael and Don, for framing two revealing questions. The podcast runs for about 40 minutes. Subscribe here.
Aug 07 2018 · 40mins

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Episode 2: Michael Graff

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Michael N. Graff, an award-winning writer and editor from North Carolina, has appeared four times in The Sunday Long Read, including last week when Don selected Michael’s essay “Is the Secret to Successs… Faking It?” as his Favorite of the Week. In our second SLR Pod, Don chats with Michael, who was married yesterday to Laura Houston (Congrats!), about the writing life, the difference between journalism and essay-writing, the importance of nailing the most authentic details in our stories and this thing Michael has for crab cakes. A special thanks to writer Tommy Tomlinson, a mutual friend of Michael and Don, for framing two revealing questions. The podcast runs for about 40 minutes. Subscribe here.
Aug 07 2018 · 40mins
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Michael Graff | Along the Way - Ep. 53

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Michael Graff is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in  in The Guardian, Garden & GunPOLITICOSUCCESSWashingtonianOur StateSouthwest: The Magazine, and SB Nation Longform. He writes a monthly column for the back page of Charlotte magazine, where he served as editor from 2013 to 2017. Previously, Michael served as a senior editor and writer at Our State magazine, and as the Sunday enterprise writer and a sports writer at the Fayetteville Observer. He has received multiple notable selections in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Essays. Michael earned a bachelor's degree in English from High Point University.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in freelance writing, storytelling, life, death and love. 

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Michael explains what he does and how he thinks of his work.
  • He shares the most profound essay he has written. 
  • He reveals the question that drives most of his writing.
  • He considers the topic that all his writing explores.
  • Michael tells a story about his father.
  • He shares what to do with this life.
  • He describes how he goes about his work as a story teller.
  • He explains why reporting is far more interesting to him than writing.
  • Michael discusses how being an editor informs his work as a writer.
  • He shares how an editor changed his life as an editor and writer. 
  • He talks about why he tells stories and what moment he tries to find in his writing.
  • He answers whether he writes for an audience or for himself.
  • Michael explains quotes from writers and photographers about his work.
  • He identifies what he is intense about and what he believes in.
  • He answers whether success is on his mind and whether he feels successful.
  • He talks about his childhood and how it informs who he is today.
  • Michael reveals the most freeing thing he has encountered.
  • He addresses whether he wants to be considered a great Southern story teller.
  • He shares the story he wants told about him.

plus Mark Peres' Personal Word Essay: Memory and Love

To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning

Jul 11 2018 · 1hr
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Episode 35: Michael Graff

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Michael Graff is the editor of Charlotte Magazine and is a freelance writer for SB Nation Longform, Washingtonian Magazine and Politico. Before taking over Charlotte Magazine, Graff was an editor and writer for Our State Magazine in North Carolina for four years.

On June 4, SB Nation Longform published Graff’s piece, “Two Lanes to Accokeek.” The story is an at times graphic story about a street race that turned tragic in the most unimaginable way.

In this podcast, we talk about that story as well as some of Graff’s work with Charlotte Magazine, including a story about the world’s greatest female skydiver and her quest to become the first woman with 20,000 dives.
Oct 05 2015 · 54mins