A SWAT team, an autistic man, an American tragedy.
The story of Arnaldo Rios Soto told over 8 episodes, produced and hosted by me, from WNYC Studios and on podcast feeds everywhere.
Winner of the Newswomen’s Club of New York award for best narrative podcast, the National Center on Disability Journalism award honorable mention, and a finalist for the Scripps Howard Award for podcasting.
Walter Schramm did everything right as an investor. So how come he lost a small fortune?
In this episode, we look into an obscure government program that slurps up forgotten money. We hunt for money we might have left vulnerable and we try to figure out how it got there in the first place so we can tell you where to find the money you’ve misplaced too.
Aired on Planet Money on January 24th, 2020.
For New Jersey Jails, Suicides and Overdoses, but Little Oversight
This investigation from WNYC lead to an immediate response from Governor Murphy and changes to the state’s corrections code.
Aired on WNYC beginning November 27th, 2018.
Winner of the Garden State Award for investigative reporting, and a finalist for the Deadline Club of New York award and the PRNDI Award for investigative reporting.
Trapped: Abuse and neglect in private care
Disabled adults have been dying in the care of Bellwether Behavioral Health for decades. The company is now the largest group home provider in the state of New Jersey.
Aired on the Reveal podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting on August 4th, 2018.
Winner of the Garden State Award for podcast episodes.
I covered local news at New York Public Radio in 2017 and 2018.
Ep. 19: The Pentagon’s Secret Gaggle of Gays
Even after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed, the military wasn’t an easy place to be out.
The story of the Pentagon’s first Pride event.
Aired on Nancy August 22nd, 2017
The story of a time when the Supreme Court officially ruled on the definition of whiteness, with deeply revealing results.
Aired on Scene on Radio June 14th, 2017
The Anatomy of a Scam
You’ve seen these ads before: “Work from home. Make thousands of dollars a week. Call this number!” Today on the show, we find out what happens when you respond.
Aired on Planet Money on January 29th, 2016
Shorter radio version here.
The Hoverboard Life
The hottest toy this holiday season has no identifiable logo, no main distributor, and no widely agreed upon name.
Aired on Planet Money on November 27th, 2015
Shorter radio version here.
When visiting a high-Zika risk country isn’t an option.
Aired on PRI’s The World July 28th, 2016
Hacking your attention, for depression treatment
Drugs and therapy are both only about fifty percent effective at treating depression. So some practitioners are looking for other options for their neediest patients.
Aired on WHYY’s The Pulse April 29th, 2016
Planet Money: Ambulance Response Times
A look at how ambulances use principles of economics to get to patients fast.
Aired on NPR’s All Things Considered January 12th, 2016
Planet Money: Hoverboard Fires
The hot gift this Christmas season is a hoverboard — those two wheeled electronic scooters. But they have been catching fire. The boards and the danger result from a new kind of manufacturing process on the rise in China.
Aired on NPR’s All Things Considered December 23rd, 2015
Planet Money: Space Act
Lawmakers in the House passed the Space Act, which says U.S. companies can harvest, own and trade resources from space. Two companies have put millions of dollars into the vision of mining asteroids.
Aired on NPR’s Morning Edition December 22nd, 2015
Planet Money: AC Power Versus DC Power Grid
The nation’s power grid pulses with a certain type of electricity: AC power. But our “Planet Money” team explains why some people are trying to revive the DC power grid.
Aired on NPR’s Morning Edition December 4th, 2015
A recent study shows add-on pricing model may be bad for airlines.
Aired on Marketplace on October 19th, 2015
The unlikely story of the first AIDS awareness ribbon, created by a group of artists in New York in 1991.
Aired on 99 Percent Invisible on July 23rd, 2015
Predatory tax preparers target low-income households
Some tax preparers charge high fees and make dubious loans to vulnerable clients.
Aired on Marketplace on April 15th, 2015
Getting married can cost you at tax time
Over a third of couples will pay a marriage penalty.
Aired on Marketplace on April 6th, 2015
The Diaper Wars
In the 1980′s, the world’s two largest diaper companies set out to destroy each other, in a patent battle known as the Diaper Wars. The court battles lasted seven years and cost millions of dollars. What did we get out of it? Better diapers — and one very messy lesson in patent law.
Aired on Life of the Law on February 10th, 2015
A new theory on the disappearance of the dinosaur: Dark matter did it
How one scientific mystery just might explain another.
Aired on WHYY’s The Pulse on March 19th, 2015
Pregnant Pennsylvania inmates continued to be shackled, despite state law
In 2008 prison advocates and legislators alike banded together to outlaw the shackling of pregnant Pennsylvania prisoners. But it turns out, in Pennsylvania, there’s a difference between a practice being illegal, and a practice ending.
Aired on WHYY’s The Pulse on August 28th, 2014
On Prison and Pregnancy
Every year 4% of women prisoners enter prison pregnant. Then what happens? In this mini-doc for one of my favorite new podcasts, I follow 23-year-old Diana after she finds herself pregnant and in jail. We explore the variety of outcomes she could, and does, meet.
Aired on Life of the Law on December 17th, 2013
Why books always seem to have a discounted price
A look and why and how retailers use cheap books as a selling point.
Aired on the Marketplace on May 8th, 2014.
Price Check! Buying and Selling Bitcoins at Whole Foods
Every Monday night, a Manhattan Whole Foods fills with a unique breed of “buy-local” enthusiasts. They’re not there for the Brooklyn-made pickles or the Westchester apples. They come because they want to buy and sell bitcoins.
Aired on WNYC’s New Tech City on December 18th, 2013
Mobile dating apps try to woo women
As the online dating scene moves to mobile apps, Tinder is the first to really gain a following with women.
Aired on Marketplace on September 27th, 2013
Why forks in your office kitchen keep disappearing
One reason kitchen supplies are harder to keep stocked? U.S. companies have cut about a million office support positions.
Aired on Marketplace on June 19th, 2013
For elderly, falling down can be costly accident
When a senior citizen falls to the ground, the resulting injury can cost tens of thousands of dollars. So health care professionals are working to eliminate the risk of falling down.
Aired on Marketplace Morning Report on May 17th, 2013
The Math Behind Holiday Packages
How do packages get from point A to point B when so many people buy gifts online? I visit a UPS distribution center to find out.
Aired on Marketplace on December 17th, 2012