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How the Movie Spotlight Got Investigative Journalism Right

How the Movie Spotlight Got Investigative Journalism Right

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 30 2015 7:36 PM

Played by Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo

These three actors closely studied our guests for the film Spotlight, now gaining lots of Oscars buzz.

All journalists look like the actors in Spotlight.

Courtesy of Open Road Films

Listen to Episode 368 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, the film Spotlight depicts serious investigative journalism without the usual guns, car cases, and explosions. We speak with subjects from the film including journalists Walter “Robby” Robinson (played by Michael Keaton), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo). They’re the authors of the book Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church. For The Spiel, is this the end for Jeb?

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.