Biography

I’m a writer and television correspondent covering the ethical and social implications of modern technology, ancient habits, and the deep, dangerous waters of the future.

I’m currently finishing a landmark four-hour television series on the science and implications of bias. HACKING YOUR MIND is a globe-trotting account of the cutting edge of decision science, an examination of the ways our brains are ill-suited to twenty-first century problems, and a hopeful exploration of what we can do about it. It airs in 2018.

I’m also very happy to announce that my 10-part podcast series, COMPLICATED, is now available on Audible. It explores the most sprawling and daunting human challenges, from the automation of life-and-death decisions to the global challenge of feeding twice as many humans on half the land.

Around the edges of all this I’m a television correspondent for Al Jazeera, covering science and technology in the US and around the world. Since 2013, I’ve been working with them on a new way of telling stories: high-energy, upbeat delivery of dark and difficult topics. I’ve covered everything from the heroin epidemic to environmental threats to the effects of gun violence in America.

In my previous life I was a magazine editor. Most recently I was editor-in-chief of Popular Science, the world’s largest science and technology publication. This site contains any television or public-speaking appearance of which I’m even remotely proud, along with my written work for The New Yorker, Wired, and other publications.