Evan Smith continues to amaze me.
The Texas Tribune editor in chief has landed yet another fantastic interview for his next “Overheard with Evan Smith” segment, which will be broadcast Thursday at 8 p.m. on KACV-TV.
He’s reeled in Sebastian Junger, the acclaimed author and documentarian most famous for his book “The Perfect Storm,” which became a film in 2000 that starred George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.
I’m kind of hoping, though, that Smith spends the bulk of his time talking to Junger about a more recent film. “Restrepo,” named after a soldier named Juan Restrepo, who was killed in action in Afghanistan, offers what Junger calls a “completely apolitical” look at the Afghanistan War. Junger embedded himself with a U.S. Army unit charged with patrolling some rough country in the middle of a war with the Taliban. The intent was to give viewers an up-close look at combat in what is now the nation’s longest-running war.
Junger is an accomplished journalist and historian. I’m betting Evan Smith will pull plenty of nuggets from this latest interview subject.
The man no doubt has something important to say. Let’s listen.