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.

That’s also the planned release date for my four-hour series for public television, “HACKING YOUR MIND.” It will be the most complete and visually arresting survey of bias and decision science every shot, and I’m incredibly proud to be part of it. Shooting it has set me on a life-changing intellectual path.

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.