Journalist William Finnegan's Pulitzer Prize Winning Surfing Memoir

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New Yorker journalist William Finnegan has covered armed conflicts in Africa and urban poverty in the United States. But for decades he shied away from writing about his personal passion: surfing. Last year, Finnegan published a memoir, "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life," that describes his journey from boyhood to manhood catching waves in California, Hawaii, and the Polynesian islands. The book recently won a Pulitzer Prize.  We'll talk with Finnegan about surfing, his journalism and maintaining both into old age.


William Finnegan, staff writer, The New Yorker; author, "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life," which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for biography