Literary Atlanta Podcast Episode 7: Celeste Headlee

The idea of interviewing someone who interviews people for a living (about a book on communication, no less!) was quite intimidating for me. I haven’t worked as a journalist in almost 20 years. But Celeste Headlee is as generous and brilliant an interview subject as she is a radio host. She currently hosts “On Second Thought,” a daily news show on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Celeste was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows like “Tell Me More,” “Talk of the Nation,” “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition.” She also co-hosted the national morning news show, “The Takeaway” from PRI and WNYC.

A frequent public speaker, Celeste delivered a TED Talk, “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation,” that went viral. That talk earned Celeste a book deal and served as the groundwork for We Need to Talk.

Books Mentioned in This Episode

we-need-talkWe Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee





On Writing by Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Events Mentioned in This Episode

Celeste Headlee, author of We Need to Talk in Conversation with Rickey Bevington | Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. | Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Book Talk and Signing for Gabrielle Zevin, author of Young Jane Young | Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. | Margaret Mitchell House

Roger Johns, author of Dark River Rising in Conversation with Trudy Nan Boyce and Tracee de Hahn | Saturday, September 16th at 2:00 p.m. | FoxTale Book Shoppe

Book Talk and Signing for Leah Weiss, author of If The Creek Don’t Rise | Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. | Fox Tale Book Shoppe