Writing

Vox (selected work):

Tiny Desk: How NPR’s concert series earned a cult following

Zombies: A geo-political history

What I learned reading 4,000 Trump and Clinton tweets

How one man found 83 messages in bottles

What it’s like to be a professional Santa Claus

Most of America’s hate groups are rooted in white supremacy

The case for allowing 16 year-olds to vote

How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard

 

Priceonomics (selected work):

The Invention of the Aeropress

The Father of the Digital Synthesizer

How the King of Claymation Lost His Company

The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman

How Esurance Lost Its Mascot to the Internet

The Man Who Got No Whammies

The Inventor of Auto-Tune

How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain

The Rise and Fall of Professional Bowling

The Strange Life of Lord Timothy Dexter

Evicted in San Francisco

The Richest Photographer in the World

The Woman Behind Apple’s First Icons

Life as a LEGO Professional

The Underground Economy of Dolores Park

The Secret Life of San Francisco Street Performers

The Genius of Moondog

Homeless in San Francisco: Nate the Great

The Rise of the $8 Ice Cube

The Business of Building Roller Coasters

The Business of Fake Diplomas

Mapping the Steepest Streets of San Francisco

A Profile of Cartoonist Dan Piraro

A Profile of Infamous Media Hoaxster, Alan Abel

 

Marketplace (Radio):

What Homer Simpson Can Tell Us About the Economy

Why Domino’s Mascot Vanished

The Story Behind Red M&M’s

The Tricky Business of Fake Hollywood Money

 

Time:

Why You Should Love Hipster Entrepreneurs

 

Huffington Post:

How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band?

 

The Daily Dot:

The Pen Pal Romances of WriteAPrisoner.com

 

Gizmodo:

The Dancing Robot That Took Over San Francisco

The Business of Fake Hollywood Money

The Invention of the Slurpee

The Typo That Destroyed a NASA Rocket

The Rise and Fall of the Fireman’s Pole

How Cotton Candy Was Popularized By a Dentist

The Evolution of Potty Training Tech