Category Archives: Interviews

The Lit Show

Nick Reding discusses Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, a study of methamphetamine’s road from legal stimulant to pervasive illicit drug. With Oelwein, Iowa, as its epicenter, the book chronicles the widely variegated effects of meth’s production, use, and distribution on communities throughout the rural United States. Click here to listen

From Guernica magazine

The Meth Whisperer Kyle McAuley interviews Nick Reding, December 2009 The writer on his book Methland, why newspapers got the meth crisis wrong, and how the “middle of America” will pull itself out of a twenty-five year bust. Between 1983 and 2005, U.S. newspapers called seventy separate American towns the “Meth Capital of the World.” [...]

From INDenver Times (Part Two of a two-part interview)

INDenverTimes’ Benjamin Whitmer recently interviewed Nick Reding, the author of Methland. Here is the last part of the interview.The first part is available here. INDT Benjamin Whitmer: I don’t know how much of what’s on the internet is true, but I read that some residents of Oelwein were pretty angry about the book, in part [...]

“These Days” with Maureen Cavanaugh (KPBS, San Diego)

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“All Things Considered” with Melissa Block (NPR)

Methland author, Nick Reding was featured on July 8th edition of All Things Considered. Click here to listen to the interview.

From INDenver Times (Part One of a two-part interview)

NDenverTimes’ Benjamin Whitmer recently interviewed Nick Reding, the author of Methland. Here is the first part of the interview. INDT Benjamin Whitmer: One of the things I like most about Methland is that it draws a complicated picture of the conditions that create methamphetamine use. Methland is not only about the spread of methamphetamines in [...]

“Up to Date” (KCUR, Kansas City)

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“Voices of the Tri-State”, from KDTH (Dubuque, Iowa)

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“On Point” with Tom Ashbrook (WBUR, Boston)

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“Saint Louis on the Air” (KWMU, 90.7 FM)

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WAMC, Albany, New York: “Round Table”

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Public Radio Tulsa

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California Public Radio: “Writers on Writing”

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Illinois Public Radio: “The Afternoon Magazine with Celeste Quinn”

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The Nick Reding Interview Today I interview the author of one of the year’s most talked-about nonfiction books, Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town. His first book, The Last Cowboys at the End of the World, was published by Crown in 2002. He has written for Harper’s, Food and Wine, Outside, [...]

From the Huffington Post

In 1999, as a journalist for magazines like Outside and Harper’s, Nick Reding noticed that crystal methamphetamine was becoming part of everyday life across America. He saw the problem in small towns everywhere, acutely understood by locals, ignored nationally. The more Reding looked, the more he saw, saying, “I began to get the feeling that [...]

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