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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.
Jan. 29 2016 2:08 PM

Seeing Yourself in Spotlight

How Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo closely studied our guests for the film Spotlight, now nominated for Best Picture.

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All journalists look eerily like the actors in Spotlight.

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Listen to Episode 424 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On The Gist, a best-of episode to welcome new listeners who heard our host on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me this weekend. First, the film Spotlight depicts serious investigative journalism without the usual guns, car chases, 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, New York City’s police commissioner explains why obvious errors in the terror hoax helped the city avoid another a school closing.

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