“Going into Syria itself at the point where we started shooting was basically a suicide mission. Not so much the risks of combat, but the risk of being kidnapped, sold to ISIS and having your head cut off. So we were making a film about the Syrian civil war and we couldn't shoot in the Syrian civil war.”
“The solution to this whole fake news crisis is not being sucked into it, and covering the story. What we don't want to do is do 'he said, she said' journalism. It's not very good for clicks though.”
"Some people are like, 'Oh I love This American Life!' Those are usually the worst talkers because they're performing for their idea of what This American Life is."
"When you do [a story] this big, it's really easy to get swept up into things. It's a rollercoaster that you kind of have to ride. There are really good times and there are really difficult times."
We spoke to Daniel Zwerdling, NPR journalist extraordinaire, who has spent years reporting on veterans’ rights. He spoke to us about the parallels between journalism and psychology, his best interview techniques, reporting short news stories versus year-long investigations of the government.
"It's a puzzle I've honestly been thinking about for months: how do we present fact-based reporting to people who do not trust any of us in this room? Like, what do we need to invent to do that?"
""I needed editors saying, 'Watch yourself, look at what you’re doing...' Really forcing me to question, 'Are you on his side?'"
"I thought I had figured it out, the hard part was over, I decided 'I'm not going to be a lawyer, I'm going to be a journalist."