WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show
Roundhouse Radio Vancouver

On Brian Lehrer and Roundhouse Radio in 2017, discussing this widely-read Washington Post feature about how the unexpected consequences of at-home DNA testing are changing how people define family and identity. The story features the tale of Alice Collins Plebuch, whose DNA test revealed surprise ancestry, leading her to discover that her father had been switched with another baby at the hospital.

CBC’s Q national show

On the CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi (click to listen) in 2013, talking about how the auto industry still fails female customers, pegged to this fascinating Slate piece. (From the article: “[Automobile] advertisers seem to think women have no need for fantasy and instead, we get downtrodden realities—a mom dutifully carting the kids to hockey practice, a bunch of self-identified ‘housewives’ fist-bumping because their kids finally think their car is ‘cool.’”)

WHYY’s Radio Times

On WHYY’s Radio Times (click to listen) in 2012, discussing how Michelle Obama and Ann Romney had each perfected the role of candidate’s wife, described in this Slate piece (“Why Are Presidential Candidates’ Wives All the Same?”) as “reluctant, self-sacrificing, and humbled by her political experience.”

NPR’s Talk of the Nation

On NPR’s Talk of the Nation (click to listen) in 2007, talking about how the rules differ for male and female political candidates, and what it means to pull the so-called gender card (starting at the 15 minute mark).

ABC7’s Michael Finney on KGO San Francisco

On Michael Finney’s consumer program in 2015 (it’s the June 27, 3pm broadcast), discussing the practice of home funerals, in which people opt out of sending their loved ones to funeral homes and instead care for the corpses at home, pegged to this article in The New Republic magazine.

CNN’s Larry King Live

On CNN’s Larry King Live shortly after the 2008 presidential election, discussing how an ambitious lawyer named Michelle Obama would transition into the unpaid, highly symbolic position of First Lady.


On MSNBC in 2005, discussing the acquittal of Michael Jackson in his molestation trial. After covering the trial from California for The Washington Post, this essay explored how confusing Jackson’s fame had become. (“He had the world’s goodwill in the palm of his hand and he shaped himself into a curio, a Diane Arbus photograph…The past 20 years of Jackson’s life have been primarily about making us uncomfortable. He dances right up to the threshold of our cultural anxieties, then denies doing any such thing.”)