Posts filed under ‘News and investigative’

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

The War You See, and the War You Don’t

News networks have always had to make compromises to get access to dangerous battle zones. Did they go too far in acquiescing to Israel’s and Hezbollah’s demands during their 2006 war? From CJR Daily.


November 8, 2011 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

The Wire’s Lessons for Urban Journalism

The premiere of the fifth season of The Wire rekindled a vicious dispute between David Simon and his former editors at the Baltimore Sun. It has gotten personal, but can we learn anything about how we report on our cities from the substance beneath the bickering? Find out in “Secrets of the City,” the cover story from the January/February 2008 issue of Columbia Journalism Review.

November 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm Leave a comment

Tomorrow’s Solar Workforce

In late 2008, President-elect Obama said he wanted to create 5 million “green jobs.” Well, someone’s going to have to train them. In this report for Morning Edition, I visited a Colorado institute that trains solar panel installers.


November 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Drill, Baby, Drill–No, really, baby…you can now

This piece from September 2008 reported on a decades-old offshore drilling ban just as it was about to expire. From Plenty Magazine.

November 7, 2011 at 10:57 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

Buprenorphine: Harm Reduction or Scourge?

In 2007, the Baltimore Sun published a heavily reported exposé on abuse and street sales of buprenorphine, a drug that had been hailed as a breakthrough for treating opiate addiction. Here’s a critical look at the series from Columbia Journalism Review.

November 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Navigating in Nebraska

In September 2005, 166 Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans ended up in Omaha, Nebraska. Two years out, one man is trying hard–perhaps too hard–to help them get back on their feet. From Weekend America.

November 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

Does MD have enough MDs?

The health care reform package passed by Congress could bring insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. In this April 2010 Maryland Morning piece, I report on whether there are enough doctors to handle them (probably not). Then Sheilah Kast talks to medical student Pooja Aggarwal about her decision whether or not to go into primary care, where the physician shortage is most pronounced. (more…)

November 7, 2011 at 1:23 am 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.