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“Arriba!" About the cultural and political importance of Hispanic radio, as told through one L.A. broadcaster. The New Yorker (October 23, 2006)

"The Lost Year," about the faltering recovery of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The New Yorker (August 21, 2006)

"Consulat D'Influence," a Talk of the Town piece about the French consul in New Orleans, The New Yorker (March 6, 2006)

"The Lottery," about the green-card lottery and one immigrant's ambiguous win. The New Yorker (January 23 & 30, 2006)

"Deluged," about the New Orleans Police Department during Hurricane Katrina. The New Yorker (January 9, 2006)

"North," a Talk of the Town piece about a New Orleans refugee in Billings, Montana. The New Yorker (November 28, 2005)

"Kajun's," a Talk of the Town piece from New Orleans a couple of weeks after Hurricane Katrina, The New Yorker (September 19, 2005)

"On the Roof," a Talk of the Town piece from New Orleans the week after Hurricane Katrina, The New Yorker (September 12, 2005)

"Porch Duty," a Talk of the Town piece from New Orleans the week after Hurricane Katrina, The New Yorker (September 12, 2005)

"Our Man in Medan," about the US diplomat in Medan, Indonesia, and his moment in the limelight after the Asian tsunami. Talk of the Town piece in The New Yorker (March 7, 2005)

"Mission to Sumatra," about the US Marines' relief efforts after the 2004 Asian tsunami. The New Yorker (February 7, 2005)

"Do-Gooder," about an ambiguously good man en route to help out after the Asian tsunami. Talk of the Town piece in The New Yorker (January 24 & 31, 2005)

"Battle Lessons," about how junior Army officers in Iraq are using the Internet to teach each other how to fight this war. The New Yorker  (January 17, 2005)

"Two Soldiers," about two soldiers killed in Iraq and how the dead return home. The New Yorker (August 9 &16, 2004)

"Machine Politics," about the problems with electronic voting in Florida and elsewhere, Playboy (September 2004)

"The Price of Valor," about the psychological cost of killing in war and how neither the Army nor the VA has the vocabulary to help veterans. The New Yorker (July 12-19, 2004) This article won Medill School of Journalism's 2004 John Bartlow Martin Award.

"Feeding Our Deepest Fears," about genetically modified crops, Playboy (June 2004)

"The Casualty," about a soldier wounded in Iraq, The New Yorker (March 8, 2004)

"God and Satan in Bentonville," about the culture of Wal-Mart, Playboy (November 2003)

"Jake Leg," about how the blues diagnosed a mysterious 1930 epidemic. The New Yorker (September 15, 2003)

"Nation Builders for Hire," about Kellogg, Brown & Root in Iraq, New York Times Magazine ( June 22, 2003)

"The Battle of Fort Ord," Los Angeles Times Magazine (April 27, 2003)

"Patriots on the Borderline" about anti-immigrant vigilantes in Arizona, Los Angeles Times Magazine (March 16, 2003)

"America's Berlin Wall" Part One of a three-part series in Rolling Stone (2002)

"Hanging Sheetrock in the Promised Land," Part Two of three-part series in Rolling Stone (2002)

"The Women They Leave Behind," Part Three of three-part series in Rolling Stone (2002)


“Diablo or Angel,” about the Mexican pop phenomenon Gloria Trevi. Rolling Stone, (March 2, 2000)

“Way of the Bayou,” about New Orleans, for the New York Times’s online opinion feature, Happy Days. (June 19, 2009)

“Happiness is a Worn Gun: My Concealed Weapon and Me,” about the political and cultural implications of concealed weapons, and my own experience carrying a gun. Harper’s (August 2010)

“Five Years After Katrina, How New Orleans Saved Its Soul,” The Washington Post (August 22, 2010

“I Was Kidnapped at Age 4,” a harrowing first-person account by Pepper Smith, as told to me. Glamour (January 2011)

“To Be Continued,” about the importance of high-school band in New Orleans and one extraordinary band-leader in particular. Oxford American (February 2011)

“Guns Gone Wild,” about the phenomenal popularity of the AR-15 rifle, and how it is saving the gun business. (Kindle Singles, September 2011; if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle Reader for free and read this on your computer.)

“No Pulse,” about a revolutionary artificial heart that moves blood through the body with no pulse. (Popular Science cover story, March 2012)

“Long-Overdue Rail Upgrades Could Prevent The Next Big Train Catastrophe,” about high-tech measures to prevent train wrecks. (Popular Science, January 2013)

“Why Our Gun Debate is Off Target,” containing a non-government suggestion that might actually reduce gun violence. (The Wall Street Journal Weekend Review, 15 February 2013.)

“Hogzilla,” an excerpt from Gun Guys: A Road Trip about hunting wild pigs in Texas. (The Oxford American, March 2013.)

“Inside the World’s Most Ambitious Eco City,” a profile of the experimental city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi, rewritten almost unrecognizably by the Popular Science editor. (Popular Science, May 2013)

“My Secret Life as a Spy for the CIA,” about women intelligence officers. (Glamour, June 2011)

“The Ultimate Jam Session,” about high-tech solutions to traffic congestion, in Singapore and elsewhere. (Wired, November 2001.)

“GM’s Billion-Dollar Bet,” an overly optimistic appraisal of GM’s hydrogen car. (Wired, August 2002)

“This Gun for Hire,” about the mysterious company DynCorp. (Wired, February 2003)

“How to Make Your Own AR-15,” about the impossibility of banning America’s most popular firearm, and a serious suggestion for making everybody safer from gun violence. (Harper’s, June 2013)

“Summon the Rain,” about the science of cloud-seeding. (Scientific American, June 2014)

“The Great Gun-Rights Divide,” about the misery of promoting Gun Guys in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting. (High Country News, May 26, 2014)

“Change of State,” about the California drought. (Scientific American, August 2015)
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