The Rules for the Black Birdwatcher

•March 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A 2-minute video featuring Clemson University ecologist Drew Lanham. Amanda Kowalski shot the video footage and I produced the film for BirdNote. We’ve got the video on Facebook as well — please share!

Are we witnessing the death of ‘uh’? Um, maybe — and not just in English

•February 13, 2015 • 1 Comment

We’ve have been peppering our speech with “um,” “uh” and other expressions of hesitation for a long time — maybe for as long as we’ve had language. More recently, linguists are noting a shift in usage across a number of Germanic languages from “uh” to “um.”

My story aired last week on PRI’s The World and the BBC News Magazine.

The energy efficiency revolution is coming — just don’t tell consumers

•January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Energy-saving, environmentally friendly devices are starting to work their way into the consumer market, and many were on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Shows. But to make sure they sell, their manufacturers are leaving the efficiency out of their sales pitches.

My story aired yesterday on PRI’s The World.

A Sri Lankan girl living in Lebanon isn’t really a citizen of either country

•November 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Rainey lives in Lebanon, a country that will never give her citizenship. Her parents are from Sri Lanka, but she was born in Beirut. And now, Lebanon may ask her to leave the only home she’s ever known.

This is my final story in the series Young Lebanon that aired all this week on PRI’s The World.

This series was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

An unlikely pair in Lebanon teams up in hopes of creating change

•November 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Ryan and Noor are best friends, and they live in Beirut. Ryan belongs to a religious sect called the Druze, and Noor is a Sunni Muslim. They agree that in Lebanon, they are an unlikely match.

This is my third story in the series Young Lebanon airing all this week on PRI’s The World.

This series was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Why an NGO wants this Lebanese boy to live his hoop dreams

•November 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Ahmad, like many Lebanese kids, wants to be a basketball star when he grows up. For now, he’s getting to train towards his unlikely goal thanks to a Lebanese NGO that believes such dreams are important for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is the second story in my series Young Lebanon airing all this week on PRI’s The World.

This series was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Young Lebanon

•November 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Let’s face it. The news we hear out of the Middle East tends to be pretty rough, and dispiriting. Well, this week I’m sharing a different set of perspectives — a collection of stories profiling tweens and teens growing up and coming of age in Beirut. We meet them up close, and get their sense of the future — for their country, and for themselves.

Each day, Monday through Thursday, you can hear a different radio piece on PRI’s The World in this series. I’ll be posting them on my website as they air. You can hear the first one above. And here’s a video trailer for the whole series:

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

 
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