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Advance Copy – Cork Wars and Getting Published

Advance Copy – Cork Wars and Getting Published

Dec 17 2018

Recently the National Association for Science Writers’ book editor Lynne Lamberg asked me to talk about finding the idea for Cork Wars,…

Tracking Cork Oak and World War II History in the West

Tracking Cork Oak and World War II History in the West

Dec 01 2018

This fall I had the honor of speaking to a gathering of hundreds of professional tree people in California about an episode…

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight – Review

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight – Review

Nov 15 2018

Michael Ondaatje’s first book, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, was my first encounter with that sort of metafiction — a…

Rare Earths: When a Natural Resource Becomes a National Security Issue

Rare Earths: When a Natural Resource Becomes a National Security Issue

Oct 26 2018

My post for the Wilson Center‘s New Security Beat explores how rare earths–natural ingredients in our smartphones and other electronics–are now a…

The Unlikely Canvasser: A Story from Three Elections

The Unlikely Canvasser: A Story from Three Elections

Oct 03 2018

I’m the last person you’d want for grassroots action. I’m not organized and I don’t really like meeting new people. Truth is,…

Exposing Murder Rings and McCarthyism: A Deep Dive into FOIA

Exposing Murder Rings and McCarthyism: A Deep Dive into FOIA

Jul 24 2018

One morning last October, a middle-aged man named Francisco Letelier stepped to a microphone in Washington, D.C.’s Sheridan Circle, surrounded by light…

Lessons from World War II on a Refugee Crisis

Lessons from World War II on a Refugee Crisis

Jun 20 2018

Varian Fry, an American journalist, set out for France in the summer of 1940, as that country became the latest to fall…

When the OSS Meant Business for Spies

When the OSS Meant Business for Spies

Mar 30 2018

Last week the Office of Strategic Services, the U.S. intelligence agency during World War II, received the highest Congressional honor. My new…

Portugal Holds Delicacies and a Surprising Story of Cork

Portugal Holds Delicacies and a Surprising Story of Cork

Feb 06 2018

As featured in the Washington Post, my trip to Portugal tracked some delicious adventures in Lisbon, as well as up the coast…

In World War II, the Government Saw Italian-Americans as a Security Threat

In World War II, the Government Saw Italian-Americans as a Security Threat

Sep 28 2017

A few months ago Smithsonian published my article about the experience of Italian-Americans in the early 1940s, when public fears motivated a…