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Starlee Kine on Storytelling


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Starlee Kine’s Mystery Show podcast takes on mysteries with only one condition: they can’t be solved simply by Googling. Why was Britney Spears photographed carrying a copy of an obscure book and had she actually read it? What is Jake Gyllenhaal’s true height, and why’s it so hotly disputed? In the show, produced at New York’s Gimlet Media (also home to StartUp, Reply All and more), Kine leaves no stone unturned.

Kine’s talents aren’t limited to Mystery Show; she’s also known for her stories on This American Life and The Moth, and her essays and articles have also appeared in various publications including the New York Times Magazine. So, here’s our mystery: how did Kine cultivate her very distinctive style of storytelling? What is it about the investigative structure of Mystery Show that appeals to her? And is it the structure, or the storyteller, that causes the show to go off on so many surprising and delightful tangents.

Hosted by Ingredipedia podcaster Ben Birchall, Starlee Kine will offer her take on the art of a good (or revealing, or shocking) yarn – whether written, recorded or simply told.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers Festival.


Starlee Kine

Starlee Kine is a public radio producer and writer. She is the creator and host of the podcast Mystery Show, produced by Gimlet Media. Her other work has been featured on This American Life and Marketplace. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and California Sunday. ... Read more

Ben Birchall

Ben Birchall is a writer, broadcaster and creative director who has worked in radio, advertising and digital publishing. He hosted 3RRR FM’s Breakfasters from 2009-2012 and is currently the host of Ingredipedia – a factual food fight podcast that consistently tops the iTunes Australia food chart... Read more


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