Susan Burton is an editor of This American Life. Her memoir, Empty, will be published in 2020 by Random House. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, The New Yorker, and others, and she is a former editor of Harper's. Her radio documentaries have won numerous awards, including an Overseas Press Club citation, and she received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to do stories about teenagers. She is the co-author, with Hyder Akbar, of Come Back to Afghanistan, and the film Unaccompanied Minors, which was directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig, is based on one of her radio essays. Susan graduated from Yale in 1995. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two sons.
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