Shark attacks still haunt residents of La Réunion. After a spike in shark attacks around the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean, residents searched for ways to restore their sense of safety in the waters that surround them. NPR's All Things Considered, July 2015.
One gay, binational couple’s hopes as Supreme Court decision nears. Unable to sponsor each other for an immigration visa, two men faced imminent separation if DOMA was upheld by the U.S.’s highest court. Aired on PRI’s The World in May 2013. Winner of the 2014 NLGJA Excellence in Radio Award.
More municipalities deny federal requests, won't detain immigrants. With dimming prospects for immigration reform, local jurisdictions in the U.S. sought to limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement. NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, July 2014.
Traffic stops become immigration stops in Delaware Valley. An investigative report found immigration officers accompanied Pennsylvania's suburban police departments on traffic enforcement, a practice attorneys alleged broke the law. WHYY, May 2013.
This podcast episode for PRI's World of Words explores the fascinating Canadian French/English mash-up called Chiac, which produces gems like "J'ai backé mon car dans le driveway." The World/World of Words, March 2016.
Liberté and Securité. This episode reported for the Panoply podcast Life of the Law explored the complicated interplay of civil liberties and anti-terror laws in France. It follows a man held under house arrest for over two months after the Paris attacks of 2015.
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Mount Vernon on the Seine. A replica of George Washington's home is up for sale in the French suburbs. It's biography intersects with French colonial history, The Great Depression and the evolution of American vernacular architecture. Lapham's Quarterly, March 2017.
Over Dues. American synagogues are questioning the "dues system" of membership but can these religious institutions subsist on a pay-as-you-wish model? Tablet, October 2015.
The artisanal coffee movement has arrived in France - but with a French twist. “People would walk in and be, like, ‘What are you?’ ” David Flynn recalls of the early days after he opened a coffee shop called Télescope in Paris. The Washington Post, May 2016.
Watching the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo from La Réunion. I wrote this essay about French identity politics and this diverse island and was asked to talk about it on the radio on the 1-year anniversary of the January 2015 terror attacks. PRI's The World, January 2016.
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