Some Assembly Required | Mother Jones (July/August 2013): Even in California, a state known for its strict gun laws, it’s legal to build completely untraceable semi-automatic rifles like AK-47s and AR-15s. People gather for “build parties” and do exactly that. No background checks. No serial numbers. No questions. I attended one and wrote about it for Mother Jones.
The Dealmaker | 5280 (March 2013): Mark Ferrandino has had to overcome learning disabilities, harassment, and prejudice to become Colorado’s new House Speaker. But will leading the Legislature be his toughest challenge yet?
For Blood & Oil | Switchback Magazine (November 2012): The Maah Daah Hey trail in the western North Dakota Badlands sits above a sea of oil. Will it survive the boom?
Saving Silence | Seattle Weekly (February 2012): Gordon “The Soundtracker” Hempton’s life’s work is to save the vanishing sounds of the natural world.
The Great Arctic Ice Melt | Wenger Blog (September 2012): Chunks of glaciers several times the size of Manhattan are ripping free from Greenland; what can change from a solid to a liquid in the Arctic is doing so; 2012 is on track to become the hottest ever recorded in the lower 48; Peter Wadhams, Cambridge University professor of ocean physics is convinced the summer Arctic ice sheet will be gone by 2016; and all this is just the beginning.