003 – Sarah Maslin Nir of The New York Times – Persistence

Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Sarah Maslin Nir shares how to recognize and tell a story, the art of pitching a story, critical thinking — or the ” tip of the iceberg”, and the importance of newspapers. According to the New York Times:

“Sarah Maslin Nir has been a staff reporter for The New York Times since August 2011. She currently covers breaking news for the paper’s Metro section. Before that, Ms. Nir was a beat reporter covering the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Ms. Nir is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated series “Unvarnished,” a more than yearlong investigation into New York City’s nail salon industry that documented, in two parts, the exploitative labor practices and health issues manicurists face.

From 2010 until the end of 2011, Ms. Nir was The Times’s “Nocturnalist” columnist, covering New York City’s nightlife. As Nocturnalist, Ms. Nir covered more than 200 parties in 20 months, once attending 25 parties over five days. She has interviewed celebrities from Kanye West to Alec Baldwin, and had an audience — of sorts — with the Queen of Spain.”

001 – Steven Kolb – CFDA

Steven Kolb is the President and CEO Council of Fashion Designers of America. As Chief Executive of the CFDA (the trade association for the American fashion industry), including overseeing the implementation of some of their most important initiatives such as the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund — all this with no fashion background. This interview covers the changing role of designer, the impact of the online shopper, the phenomena “see now, buy now”, being noticed above the clutter, and why companies fail.