Selected writing, reporting, and producing

 

HE SURVIVED EBOLA, NOW HE'S FIGHTING TO KEEP IT FROM SPREADING 

The New York Times Magazine

As new cases of Ebola continue to appear, the front-line soldiers are the rural health workers.

 

THE RADICAL HUMANENESS OF NORWAY'S HALDEN PRISON

The New York Times Magazine

The goal of the Norwegian penal system is to get inmates out of it.

 

MOTHER OF GOD, CHILD OF ZEUS

VQR

Gold, mercury, poverty and profit in the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios, Peru.

 

SHE CARRIES THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD

National Geographic  |  PROOF

A little girl supports her family of five--her widowed mother and three other siblings.

 

THE ELECTRIC MIND

The Atavist

Paralyzed and unable to speak after a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson was trapped inside her mind.

 

THE PEOPLE WHO WALK WITH REINDEER

National Geographic Magazine

Indigenous Sami reindeer herders of in the Scandinavian Arctic

 

SEEKING SHELTER FROM KRISHNA

Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting  |  Untold Stories

Behind the scenes of reporting on widowhood in northern India

 

HOW A WARMING PLANET DRIVES HUMAN MIGRATION

The New York Times Magazine

Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability. 

 

MAKING AND UNMAKING THE DIGITAL WORLD

The New York Times Magazine

On the growing footprint of the virtual world

 

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU  |  A REAL NAIL BITER

This American Life

Cathy was almost killed several times... by a thought that she just couldn't get rid of.

 

A 4-TRACK MIND

Radiolab

Bob Milne has a rare ability that has brain researchers scratching their heads.

 

TO SOLVE A SOCIAL PROBLEM, YOU NEED MORE THAN A THEORY--

Wired

Randomized controlled trials are revolutionizing the world of international development.

 

WHAT'S KILLING MINNESOTA'S MOOSE?

OnEarth

The cell phone alert was designed to wake anyone from a deep sleep. “MORTALITY EVENT DETECTED.” 

 

IMAGINARY FRIENDS FOREVER

Studio 360

Maxine, who is eight years old, introduces listeners to her paracosm: her rich, imaginary world.

 

ROBOPAINTER

Studio 360

The world's longest-running artificial intelligence is called AARON. And AARON makes art.

 

MAKING BETTER PEOPLE

Studio 360

What traits could we engineer to “improve” people?

 

DOES YOUR ZOMBIE HAVE RABIES

Studio 360

Long before science explained rabies, the virus showed up in folklore and literature.

 

RECONSTRUCTING VIRUSES

Studio 360

Why would anyone want to re-create the lethal influenza that killed between 50-100M people?

 

WHAT GOING VIRAL MEANS

Studio 360

But in the internet era, we decided not to beat viruses, but to join them. “Going viral” became the goal...

 

MIND AND MACHINE  |  THE FUTURE OF THINKING

World Science Festival

Can powerful computers rival the human brain?

 

BLACK HOLES AND HOLOGRAPHIC WORLDS

World Science Festival

Black holes are gravitational behemoths that dramatically twist space and time.

 

BACK TO THE BIG BANG  |  INSIDE THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER

World Science Festival

Venture deep inside the world’s biggest physics machine, the Large Hadron Collider.

 

HIDDEN DIMENSIONS  |  EXPLORING HYPERSPACE

World Science Festival

Extra dimensions of space may be key to explaining the fundamental nature of the universe.

 

THE LIMITS OF UNDERSTANDING

World Science Festival

Austrian logician Kurt Gödel showed that there are mathematical truths which simply can’t be proven.

 

PARASITES

Radiolab

Tales of lethargic farmers, zombie cockroaches, and even mind-controlled humans (kinda, maybe).

 

AFTER LIFE

Radiolab

What happens at the moment when we slip from life...to the other side?

 

YELLOW FLUFF AND OTHER CURIOUS ENCOUNTERS

Radiolab

This hour, stories of love and loss in the name of science.

 

DIAGNOSIS

Radiolab

Humans love to solve problems. our attempt to find out what's wrong, and give it a label.

 

RACE 

Radiolab

Radiolab asks what race is, and whether it's fixed or fluid, genes or culture?

 

SPERM

Radiolab

In this hour, some basic questions and profound thoughts about reproduction.

 

CHOICE

Radiolab

We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to make sense of the babble.

 

POP MUSIC

Radiolab

Stories of musical hallucinations, songs with the power to transcend language, & the return of the Elvis of Afghanistan.

 

FLASH OF GENIUS  |  STORIES OF INVENTION

World Science Festival

True innovators create optimum conditions for transformative insights.