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You can help freelance journalist Bill Barol (Newsweek, Time, Slate, Fast Company) answer some of the really Big Questions.
You can help freelance journalist Bill Barol (Newsweek, Time, Slate, Fast Company) answer some of the really Big Questions.
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Freelance journalist Bill Barol (Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker, Slate, Fast Company, Fortune, The Boston Globe, PBS) wants to answer some of the BIg Questions -- questions so big that over a 20+ year career The Man would never let him ask them. And he could use your help. Because while it may be true that information wants to be free, it’s also true that good information costs. Reporting costs. Gear costs. Production and distribution cost.

So you’ll be helping to fund the pilot for a 5-minute web video series, professionally shot and edited, and your pledges will go toward:

Camera and sound equipment

Editing software

Reporting and production time

Anti-robot cloaking technology
Web design, hosting and bandwidth



Big Questions will have a light touch but a serious purpose: To take a lifetime’s worth of journalistic experience and set it free it for a fresh, inventive run at some of the hardest questions there are. It’s journalism for a new age, a new audience, and new media.

Learn more about Big Questions at the Kickstarter blog. You can follow the progress of the Big Questions funding campaign in daily video updates here, or subscribe to our Twitter feed here. Facebook page? Sure. All the daily videos in one place? You betcha.

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    The sincere thanks of a grateful reporter.

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    Hyper-fashionable BIG QUESTIONS silicon wristband. Show your support for BIG QUESTIONS in a way that says "Hey, I have wrists and I care!" Plus on-screen funding credit on the BIG QUESTIONS pilot and series.

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    High-tech anti-robot keychain. Repel the metal ones! Plus on-screen funding credit on the BIG QUESTIONS pilot and series.

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    Autographed copy of Bill Barol's 2005 book MR. IRRESPONSIBLE'S BAD ADVICE inscribed to you or anyone of your choosing... including a personally-selected piece of 100% original bad advice! Plus on-screen funding credit on the BIG QUESTIONS pilot and series.

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    Individually hand-crafted BIG QUESTIONS Pez dispenser by New Mexico folk artist Steve White (www.thefolkfarm.com). Each is a one-of-a-kind piece of outsider art that can actually be used to dispense delicious Pez candies, should you choose. Plus on-screen funding credit on the BIG QUESTIONS pilot and series.

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