I turned to Khan, my pen still poised on the page from the notes I’d been taking.

“Tell me something smart,” I said to him.

Without missing a beat: “I listen to this show.”

Correction: This story originally misstated the name of the show’s executive producer. She is Joan Cherry Isabella, not Joan Isabella Cherry. CJR regrets the error.

Anna Clark is CJR's correspondent for Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. A 2011 Fulbright fellow, Clark has written for The Guardian, Grantland, and Salon; blogs at Isak; and can be found on Twitter @annaleighclark. She lives in Detroit.