Searching for chemistry between the stars

•April 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It’s said that what makes jazz are the notes you don’t play. Turns out that something similar can be said about outer space…because it’s the stuff we can’t see that’s helped make our universe.

This story comes from the audio series Small Matters, and it aired on Living on Earth.

Thunder in the valley

•March 13, 2014 • 1 Comment

On a summer day in the early 1980s, Cathy Wilson heard an eerie noise coming from her backyard. It sounded, impossibly, like thunder. Fellow residents of Moodus, Connecticut reported the same thing: a series of cracks and roars coming from the Earth.

It turns out that Moodus residents have been hearing these sorts of sounds for hundreds of years. And I decided to go there to investigate — just what are these strange noises?

This story appeared on Stylus, an experimental documentary series about sound, music, and listening, presented by WBUR.

At 102, reflections on race and the end of life

•February 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

Today is Rosa Finnegan’s birthday. She’s turning 102 — she was born in 1912, the year the Titanic sunk. “Sometimes I feel as though time has gone by so fast,” she says.

This afternoon, on NPR’s All Things Considered, Rosa reflected on a powerful encounter that she had a few months ago in her nursing home. She says that even after more than a century, there are still important things that she’s learning about herself.

Rosa’s story was reported and produced by me and Caitrin Lynch, with support from the Olin College Faculty Summer Research Fund.

In Palau, a reef of the future

•January 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

News stories about the environment tend to be gloomy because, frankly, the stuff that we like to do as humans is wreaking havoc all over the planet. But this story is different. Staring down the barrel of climate change, I found a remarkable tale of resilience.

My story aired on The World, and was supported by the Solutions Journalism Network.

A Lebanese new year

•January 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

On New Years Eve, all over the world, people found lots of ways to bid goodbye to 2013 and greet 2014. Take Lebanon, where I came across a tradition that is as forward looking as it gets.

My story aired on The World yesterday.

A sweet solution

•December 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Entomologist Noah Wilson-Rich wanted to study ways to keep bees and their hives healthy, but grant money proved elusive. So he cooked up a sweet and entrepreneurial solution. This story comes from the audio series One Species at a Time.

Typhoon Haiyan forces an entire island community to relocate

•November 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Palau, a nation of sparsely populated Pacific islands surrounded by turquoise waters teeming with fish and giant clams, is so obscure most people must scour a map to find it. Typhoon Haiyan hit the northern island of Kanyangel particularly hard.

This two-way aired on The World last Friday.


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