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ESPN's Wright Thompson On What Makes Us Great… And Human



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Ryan speaks with writer Wright Thompson about what drives an author to cover a topic, the similarity between writing and sports, their differing writing processes, and more.

Wright Thompson is an author and journalist who covers the intersections of sports and culture. Thompson has written for and ESPN The Magazine on topics like auto racing, MMA, bullfighting and more. Thompson wrote The Cost of These Dreams and recently released the New York Times bestselling Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last.

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