Biography

I’m a writer and television correspondent covering the most fundamental forms of human bias.

I’m currently writing my first book, THE BIAS TRAP: Rewiring Our Ancient Brains for the Modern World. It’s 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. Hachette Books will publish it in March of 2018.

I’m also very happy to announce that my 10-part podcast series, COMPLICATED, will soon be 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, eventually becoming editor-in-chief of Popular Science, the world’s largest science and technology publication. This site contains my work for the New Yorker, Wired, and other publications, if you care to see it.