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Award-winning crime writer and Mideast correspondent Matt Rees interviews Matthew Kalman, editor of The Jerusalem Report. The Report is a highly reputed magazine covering the Middle East and the Jewish world. It gained a wide readership during the 1990s, but in recent years has been a little, ahem, dull (more on that from the new editor himself). An experienced British journalist, Kalman took over earlier this year and set about changing the kinds of stories the magazine offered and the look of "the book," as magazine journalists call their pages. Here Kalman explains how he's doing it and what he hopes to achieve as editor. He also tells Matt about new products the magazine's preparing, such as a Kindle edition.

Direct download: The_Man_of_Twists_and_Turns_Episode_21_-_Start.mp3
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Jasmine Schwartz is the hottest new voice in crime fiction. Her novels "Farbissen: Melissa Morris and the Meaning of Money" and "Fakakt: Melissa Morris and the Meaning of Sex" are witty and daring, sneaking weighty subjects like sex-trafficking and drugs into storylines that at first seem breezy. In this interview with Matt Rees, Jasmine talks in her inimitable style about how she wrote the books and reads from them. She also discusses the persona she invented not only for the books' writer, but also for her blog.

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Award-winning crime writer Matt Rees describes the challenges of researching and writing about the great Italian artist Caravaggio for his novel A NAME IN BLOOD. Matt says he deliberately took his research too far, not only learning to fence with a rapier and to paint with oils, but dying his beard and cutting his hair in Caravaggio's style and using New Age spiritual techniques to connect with the energy of Caravaggio. He did all this because he wanted to be sure he could accurately portray the real Caravaggio, not the "gay psycho bitch" as whom Caravaggio is usually portrayed. Here he tells the story of how he found the real Caravaggio.

Direct download: The_Man_of_Twists_and_Turns_Episode_19_-_Start.mp3
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