Posts filed under ‘Features and profiles’

Coco Robicheaux in New York City

Coco Robicheaux at LaGuardia Airport, New York City, November 2005

Sad news from New Orleans: musician Coco Robicheaux died on November 25.

I spent some time with Coco in New York City in late 2005. He landed there for a while after Hurricane Katrina. He was a beguiling man. A friend said, “It sounds like he was a museum of himself.” That’s a good way to put it.

Click through to read a profile of Coco Robicheaux I finished in November 2005. (more…)

December 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm 4 comments

The Disaster Tab

With the natural disasters on the rise, any business with a “global presence” ought to think about its global exposure to hurricanes, earthquakes, and other calamities.

Some businesses are better prepared than others, as I found in this feature from the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of One, the magazine for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

December 2, 2011 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

The Roots of Inequality

Can a region’s philanthropic and civic leaders combine forces to eliminate racial inequality? The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change wants to give it a try in Baltimore, and they hosted a three-day seminar in October 2011 to get it started. I was there, and before I left, I recorded this interview with the organizers for Maryland Morning.


November 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Music at Walter Reed

Ten years after the September 11 attacks, musician Carolyn Surrick reflects on performing every Friday at Walter Reed for wounded soldiers.[audio]


November 8, 2011 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

Duck Hunting on the Chesapeake

After stumbling upon a chapter about the Chesapeake in a 1947 book about waterfowl hunting, I went down to Cambridge with Maryland Morning intern Erin Gleeson to see how the bay had changed since then, and how duck hunting had changed with it.


November 8, 2011 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Redistricting Rorschach

Maryland's 7th Congressional District, or a burning sailboat?

When Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s Redistricting Advisory Committee released its suggested Congressional map in October 2011, the districts looked an awful lot like inkblots. I took Districts 3 and 7 out on the street for some impromptu Rorschach tests. From Maryland Morning.

November 8, 2011 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

Noise Welcome at This Library

When film and television music supervisors need background music on the cheap, they turn to music libraries, who have pre-recorded music searchable by keywords like “dark” and “groovy.” It’s not meant to be listened to intently, but in the 1970s, some libraries were turning out irresistable avant-garde funk. Learn more in this piece from Studio 360.


November 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

A Dream Fulfilled Under the Gospel Tent

On April 25, 2008, The Worship Squad performed under the Gospel Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the first time. For their leader, Minister Ron Hadley, it was the culmination of a struggle to turn his life around. From Weekend America.

November 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm Leave a comment

Megarisks and Megarewards

To do business is to seize opportunity and evaluate risk—and megacities provide the mother lode of both. This “By the Numbers” piece from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business’s One Magazine compares Tokyo, São Paulo, and Lagos.

November 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

Honorably Discharged…Into a Recession

In this installment of Maryland Morning‘s 2009 series “The War at Home,” we meet Retired Spc. Lawrence Towles, a 23-year-old Iraq veteran from the Eastern Shore. Spc. Towles received an honorable discharge from the Army in August 2008–just as the economy was collapsing. Listen to his story of restarting civilian life in the midst of a recession.

November 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

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- A much prettier website with my journalistic highlights is at
- Disappearing Ink released its first album, "There Is No Time and Nothing's Been," in December 2014. It's available on iTunes.
- After almost five years at WYPR, I'm back to freelancing. Editors can reach me at
- The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life includes my chapter "New Possibilities and Old Limitations of Political Art in The Wire."
- You can still buy my 2004 self-titled EP.