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Susan Orlean: Author + Staff Writer, The New Yorker

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SUSAN ORLEAN is the author of 12 books, including “The Orchid Thief,” which was made into an Academy Award winning movie called “Adaptation,” starring Nicholas Cage, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean. Orlean is also a longtime staff writer for “The New Yorker” magazine.

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Author, Filmmaker Sebastian Junger — Still on Track

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SEBASTIAN JUNGER is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War, Tribe, and Freedom.   As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film “Restrepo” (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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Writer Nicholas Garnett: “In the Pink”

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In his late 40s, NICHOLAS GARNETT received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University (FIU), where he was a two-time recipient of the school’s literary award in nonfiction. He has taught creative writing at FIU, the Miami Book Fair International, and Writing Class Radio. Garnett is a freelance editor and co-producer of the Miami-based live storytelling series, Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud.

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Peter Baker + Susan Glasser: At the Top of Their Game

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PETER BAKER is the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, responsible for reporting on President Biden, the fifth president he has covered. Mr. Baker is also a political analyst for MSNBC and a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week.”
SUSAN B. GLASSER is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Washington. Her books include “Kremlin Rising” and “The Man Who Ran Washington,” both of which she co-wrote with her husband, Peter Baker.

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ThumbsUp for the Inspirational Kerry Gruson

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KERRY GRUSON is an inspiration to all. Though permanently paralyzed at the age of 26, after being strangled and left for dead by a hallucinating Green Beret in Hawaii, the Harvard graduate worked for the New York Times for 27 years, and participates in competitive sports.. She is the co-founder of ThumbsUp International.

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