Prompted by a vision, it took
11 years to build, nearly destroyed
a marriage, and drew hundreds of thousands to tiny Crossville, TN. Then the government stepped in.

How to Test

a Country

What it took to develop America's first COVID-19 tests – and why it took so long.

After a journalist is kidnapped
by ISIS, friends and family search for him. We follow the hostage rescue mission for four years.




Best Audio Reporting

We explore America's wrestle with its most potent punishment – the death penalty.

Cruel & Unusual

Nazi Summer Camp


Also: the story of how this story got made

The story of when there were
1193 POW camps on American soil.

The Takeover

An Australian teenager tries to make the most boring Facebook group possible. Then the grown ups invade.


How one man transformed national politics –  by going very local.

Mein Camp

The story of America's first major interrogation program,
at a top secret POW camp in suburban Virginia.

Climb Spree

How did my friend become Spider-Man – a burglar so prolific, with methods so unusual, the cops gave him a superhero nickname?

The Race

   When the difference between      life and death came down to

          whether a small auto parts 

   maker in Minnesota could churn out pistons small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.


to Make 

296 strangers write to each other. I write back.


to Each




On the Spring 2017 Pop-Up Tour, I shared the

    story of one woman I met during my foray into America's militia movement.

World's Largest



Reliving my worst professional walk of shame, live on stage in NYC and broadcast on The Moth.


The Line

The story of a big group
of people with the same questions – complicated, heartbreaking ones.

George Washington Carver



   Dr. Lisa Cook found a
hole in a major economic 

theory. It took 10 years for

 her colleagues to listen. 


the Media After

How do victims of
high-profile crimes deal with the media?


The Mask Mover

  One state's frantic scramble to get masks during the pandemic – shutting down the state's payment system, and taking a $3.5 million check on a roadtrip.