Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson • Tue, Sep 19, 2023

Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson


Authors Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson are both journalists at the Wall Street Journal who have covered gun culture and the industry, including mass shootings, for years. McWhirter, who lives in Georgia, is the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America. He has also written for The Atlanta Journal-Constituion, The Detroit News, and the Harvard Review. Elinson, who lives in California, has also written for the Center for Investigative Reporting and The New York Times. The authors received a MacDowell Fellowship to complete this book.

Guest Host | Benjamin Busch


Benjamin Busch is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, actor, journalist, and illustrator.  After completing a studio art degree from Vassar College, he served for 16 years as a Marine Corps infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer, deploying twice to Iraq. He’s the writer/director of the films BRIGHT and Sympathetic Details, and appeared on HBO’s The Wire, and Generation Kill.  He’s the author of the memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco) and has published essays in Harper’sThe New York Times Magazine, Guernica, NPR, and Best American Travel Writing. His poetry has appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Five Points, Epiphany, and Nimrod among others.  He’s just back from Ukraine as a feature photographer for Esquire.  

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