In CJR’s latest podcast, staff writer Michael Meyer sits down with author and Nation columnist Calvin Trillin about his new collection, Trillin on Texas, out now from the University of Texas Press. In this excerpt of their conversation, Meyer asks Trillin about his experiences reporting and writing “U.S. Journal,” his series of features that ran in The New Yorker from 1967 to 1982. A fuller transcript of their conversation is available here.

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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner