Writing

A Photographic Look Back At Women In D.C. Punk

WAMU, July 10, 2019

Photos by Antonia Tricarico of the past 20 years of women in D.C. punk plus a Spotify playlist featuring bands like Bad Moves, Bratmobile, and more.

Washington Is An Epicenter For Lyme Disease. Here’s How To Protect Yourself

WAMU, July 3, 2019, with Julie Depenbrock

For many in the Washington region, the summer months mean hiking, tubing, camping, vacations and other activities that put you in touch with the great outdoors — and with ticks. Lots of ticks.

Freight Trains, Cowboys, And The Old Town Road: Dom Flemons On Black Country Music

Kojo Nnamdi Show, June 20, 2019

Black country music is having a moment, if the Billboard charts are to be believed. Lil Nas X’s trap country crossover hit, “Old Town Road,” has topped the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip Hop charts for eleven weeks…But black country music isn’t new. According to music scholar, historian and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, African Americans have shaped country and western culture and music from its beginnings in the mid-19th century.

Why Do Boys Get A Pass When It Comes To Household Chores? The Same Reasons Men Do

WAMU, May 31, 2019

Boys and girls use their time very differently. That’s according to a recent report showing that girls between the ages of 15 and 17 are spending nearly twice the amount of daily time cleaning, cooking, and running errands as similarly aged boys. Boys, on the other hand, have an hour more leisure and screen time than girls. We explored why the gender gap persists and what parents, teachers, and kids can do to encourage people to think more equitably about gender and work.

Beyond Seltzer And Lime: Four Alcohol-Free Drinks To Try For Memorial Day

Kojo Nnamdi Show, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and we’ve got you covered if you’re not a drinker, or just want alternatives to alcoholic beverages. Here are four non-alcoholic mixed drinks to keep you cool (and sober) as the weather heats up.

Deep In The Dirt: Spring Gardening Tips

Kojo Nnamdi Show, May 15, 2019

Spring is in full effect, and veggies, herbs and flowers are popping up in gardens across the Washington region. Gardening, though, can be intimidating when you are just getting started, or don’t have access to large green spaces, or if you’ve already gotten behind on weeding and planting. Fear not, we’ve got tips from local urban farmers and garden educators about how to approach gardening this time of year.

Meet Three Local Bands Competing To Play NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

DCist, May 7, 2019

Three bands from the D.C. region who entered the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest stopped into WAMU’s studios to talk about the local music scene and to perform some songs. Music mixed by Mark Gunnery.

Rebel Girls: D.C. Women In Punk

Kojo Nnamdi Show, March 8, 2019

For International Women’s Day, a multimedia piece on ten bands that feature women who have shaped the sound and politics of D.C. punk over the years.

Our Apocalypse: Sabbatai Tsevi in the 21st Century

Doykeit Zine, Issue 4, 2019

Why do humans seek messiah figures in moments of crisis, both geopolitical and personal? What uses do apocalyptic and messianic thinking have for people? Are there secular strands of messianism? A look at the mass movement around Sabbatai Tsevi, a 17th century rabbi who declared himself to be the messiah, as a way to start answering those questions for the present, a moment of multiple crises that some interpret as apocalyptic.

Unlearning Toxic Masculinity, Learning Consent

Kojo Nnamdi Show, October 10, 2018

As the #MeToo movement moves into its second year, conversations about both healthy and toxic masculinity have become more urgent. Three local advocates who work with youth share their takes on the messages boys and men receive about masculinity, and share advice for parents, coaches, mentors and educators who want to discuss difficult topics like sexual assault, consent, bullying and violence.

A 50-Song Soundtrack to Life During the Trump Regime

Baltimore City Paper, June 21, 2017

Reviews of songs by Hurray for the Riff Raff and Wet Brain for Baltimore City Paper's annual music issue.

Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While Dreaming

Baltimore City Paper, July 24, 2015

A reflection on reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates as a white person, and a response to New York Times columnist David Brooks' condescending open letter to Coates, Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White.

Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS

Indypendent Reader, December 29, 2011

A review of Deborah B. Gould's book Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS, a look at how emotions like rage, pride, fear, and grief inform politics and social movements.

The Girl Who Renegotiated Trauma: An Introduction to Trauma Theory for Activists

Indypendent Reader, May 18, 2011

An introduction to trauma theory told through a critical reading of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, and suggestions for how activists can take trauma into account when doing their work.