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Category: Other Work

Viral Ethics: The Value of a Life

In the early days of the pandemic, I posed a question on Facebook at what lengths people would go to prevent a death in their neighborhood. My old CQ boss Mark Willen asked me to turn it into a post for his Talking Ethics Blog

Chasing It

Like many people, when the Sopranos ended a decade ago I wanted to ask David Chase what happened to Tony. So I did, in my own way. Chasing It tells the story of a couple desperate to know the truth behind the ending and a

Silicon Valley Now Knows What Disruption Feels Like

The election of Donald Trump sent shock waves through progressive Silicon Valley. As someone who lived and worked there, I made the case that if tech giants didn’t want more Trumps, they needed to change their approach to middle America. Read Article

The Scandal Trap

As a political and investigate journalist during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I watched how fruitless it was for Republicans to base their electoral success on a presidential scandal. This piece is a reminder of that folly when they tried it on “No Drama Obama.” Read Article

American Wake

The first book I wrote, although I set it aside. The name comes from the ritual when young men and women left Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th century. With no phones and so many illiterates, the departure for America was like a