David Taylor writes about revealing connections between people and their worlds. His writing about people, food, health and science has appeared in Smithsonian, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Outside, The Christian Science Monitor, Science, and Oxford American.
With the International Reporting Project, he gained a view inside Mali’s music scene (Washington Post) and spoke with Amadou and Mariam for Afropop Worldwide. Related stories follow a country doctor at his clinic, show how Malian musicians have engaged in defeating malaria, and how simulation experts in Africa and beyond compete to track malaria’s shape-shifting ways.
Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America (Wiley) explores America in the 1930s. An article in Poets & Writers explores the story’s meaning today. Listen to an NPR interview with Jacki Lyden on All Things Considered.
The award-winning documentary Soul of A People: Writing America’s Story follows a handful of those individuals as they portray America at a crucial juncture. You can watch the film made with Spark Media on the Smithsonian Channel or buy the dvd here.
David’s new book, Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II, features a patriotic national WW2 tree-planting campaign with 4-H clubs, gardeners, Mediterranean forests, spies and international intrigue. Coming this fall from Johns Hopkins University Press.
For The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy (National Geographic), David and co-author Mark Collins Jenkins combed personal collections and the Library of Congress for vivid and forgotten firsthand accounts, including powder monkey Samuel Leech, who lived to see both sides of the war at sea.