Entries Tagged as 'Blog'

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Tiny, pampered vegetables

The last big feature I did for the web and the radio before leaving NPR in February was this piece with Ryan Kellman on the Chef’s Garden in Huron, Ohio. Love that we were able to use a special layout to make Ryan’s photos really pop.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The pear “withholds its secrets from the merely hungry”

One of the many delights of writing about Joan Morgan’s excellent Book of Pears was discovering this quote, by the writer Edward Bunyon from his 1929 book, The Anatomy of Dessert: “The pear must be approached, as its feminine nature indicates, with discretion and reverence; it withholds its secrets from the merely hungry.” Morgan uses it to […] Continue Reading

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Egg Freezing x 2 for Morning Edition

This fall I delved deep into the world of egg freezing. The first piece that aired in October was about an ambiguous and sometimes unreliable fertility test. The second piece for the Changing Lives of Women series look at how more women are freezing the eggs and the questions that plague them — like will they ever use their […] Continue Reading

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

For The Love Of Yogurt

Proud of our most recent series on The Salt, For The Love of Yogurt. This was a series I conceived and put together, with the help of the food team. It features stories on arson, heirloom bacteria, microbe manufacturers, antidepressants, Neolithic revolutionaries, portable Mongolian yogurt cubes and more!

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

A Nigerian chef, his traveling pop-up and immigrations woes

A couple weeks ago, my story on Tunde Wey, the madcap Nigerian chef behind the traveling pop-up dinner event Lagos, aired on Morning Edition. The story was many months in the making, as Wey was detained by the Border Patrol for several weeks after I’d already produced a story about his culinary exploits. When he […] Continue Reading

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Q&A with crop scientist Jerry Glover in Discover

From the Department of Better Late Than Never, I’m posting a freelance story I did for Discover magazine earlier this year. My interview with Jerry Glover, whose work on perennial food crops could/should blow your mind, appeared in the magazine’s May 2014 issue. Check it!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Prison loaf on the air

My most recent radio story aired in December, and it’s all about the controversial practice we still have in this country of feeding prisoners a bland lump, known as “the loaf,” when they misbehave. I spent a few months investigating the loaf, and trying to figure out how many prisons or jails still use it […] Continue Reading

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Hooray for restored archives

On a whim I went looking for two stories I wrote for The New Republic back in 2007 when I was living in Mexico. The last time I tried to search for them was in 2009, when they vanished during a site reboot. Sometime in the last 3 years, they were resuscitated from the Internet […] Continue Reading

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Shutdown & Colbert Report

Earlier this month, a story Allison Aubrey and I wrote about how the shutdown impacts WIC recipients was on The Colbert Report. Here’s the story: Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women And Infants In Lurch. It appears at the 5:26 mark in this Oct. 2 episode. Also from the last couple months: Why Doctors Oppose Force-Feeding […] Continue Reading

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Coffee Week

Better late than never, I’d like to shout out Coffee Week, a fun little run of NPR stories in the tradition of Meat Week and Pie Week. I made two contributions: finding a San Diego coffee shop gossip columnist for a two-way on Morning Edition, and this blog post on why caffeine is a miracle […] Continue Reading