The Big Take - Bloomberg News

Producer for The Big Take, a daily news podcast that focuses on one big story each weekday, and explains why it matters. Featuring some of the best of Bloomberg's reporting around the world.

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How We’re (Not) Preparing For the Next Pandemic

Covid-19 isn’t quite done with us yet, but virologists are urging governments around the world to start preparing for the next pandemic. They warn it’s just a matter of time before it happens, and with good planning lessons learned from the current response can keep us from getting caught flat-footed again. So far, though, such calls haven’t been met with much enthusiasm by politicians who have more immediate concerns in front of them. Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan, joins this episode to explain where the next virus is likely to come from, and how to get in front of it. And Bloomberg reporters Riley Griffin and Josh Wingrove talk about what governments learned from the covid pandemic–and what if anything they’re doing to brace for what’s to come.

The MSC Gayane Was Also Carrying Illicit Cargo

In 2019, US officials seized a massive cargo ship called the MSC Gayane in the Port of Philadelphia. On board, they found containers filled with products of all kinds that the ship had picked up along its global route. They also discovered cargo that didn’t appear on the ship’s manifest—40,000 pounds of cocaine. Bloomberg investigative reporters Lauren Etter and Michael Riley join this episode to tell the wild story of how one of the world’s biggest cargo ships became an unofficial courier for a notorious European drug cartel.

The Metals for Your EV Are Stuck in a 30-Mile Traffic Jam

[see story's podcast player] This scene on the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, where the sound of idling diesel engines and the sour odor of sulfur fill the air, seems an unlikely front line for the battle against climate change. Yet it is as important as any wind farm or electric-vehicle plant. Because, while everyone from the International Monetary Fund to Elon Musk is warning that shortages of metals like copper could hinder the energy transition, production here is actually booming: the region supplies two-thirds of the world’s cobalt, and it accounted for more than 80% of global copper output growth over the past three years.

The Purple Principle (2022)

Associate Producer for The Purple Principle, a podcast exploring how and why America has gotten so polarized, and how independent minded Americans might be part of the solution. A production of Fluent Knowledge.

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Like Family, Like Nation: A Braver Angel Mediates Polarization at Home & Nationwide

We kick off Episode 8 of Season 3, “Like Family, Like Nation,” with Guzmán’s retelling of that conversation stopper also featured in her new book, I Never Thought of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times. She joins Rob this week for Episode 8 of Season 3 to talk about open political dialogue, letting curiosity lead you, and why her Mexican immigrant parents voted for Donald Trump.

Polarized Politics & Hispanic Identity: These Not So United States (TX Part 4)

Is the Tejano identity weakening or changing amidst nationwide polarization and the increasing attention being paid to Hispanics as swing voters? Two respected commentators weigh in on this and related issues. Former four-term San Antonio mayor, Henry Cisneros, provides an insightful critique of his own Democratic Party’s failings in Texas of late, as well the growing appeal of the GOP to specific groups of Hispanics, such as small business owners.

Growth, Diversity & One Party Politics? (TX Part 3)

Is democracy still democracy when one party wins all the elections? That’s a question we’ll be asking around the country on our state level-identity and polarization series, since 37 state “trifectas,” or one-party governments, are now in office and in complete control. And as a result it’s a major point of discussion with Dr. James Henson, Director of The Texas Politics Project, in our third episode on the biggest, proudest and so often loudest of the Republican trifectas: Texas.

Messing with that Texas Identity? These Not So United States (TX Part 1)

The Purple Principle kicks off its extended Season Three series on state level polarization with a mini-series on the great state of Texas. And who better to discuss Texas politics than the co-hosts of the artfully named podcast, Y’all-itics: Jason Wheeler (Senior News Reporter) and Jason Whitely (News Anchor) of the ABC Dallas affiliate, WFAA. Both Jasons concur that polarization has been eating away at that powerful Texas identity in recent times. Jason Whitely hearkens back to the 2000 Georg

Heard the One About a Centrist Congressman? Carlos Curbelo on Polarization in the House — The Purple Principle

What’s it like to represent one of the very few remaining swing districts on the U.S. Congressional map, and be virtually the only Republican member at that time to publicly address climate change? Former Congressman Carlos Curbelo from Florida’s 26th district (including southwest Miami and the Florida Keys) fields these questions in a season-ending Purple Principle episode.

The United States of Narcissism? Speaking of Democracy's Worst Enemies — The Purple Principle

“If we believe democracy has failed us,” writes author and scholar Tom Nichols in his latest book, Our Own Worst Enemy, “we should first ask ourselves whether we have failed the test of democracy.” In this Purple Principle episode entitled “The United States of Narcissism,“ co-hosts Rob Pease and Jillian Youngblood ask Nichols why many Americans seem to be enthusiastically failing that test recently.

Lagos to Mombasa, The Trans-Africa Podcast from CGD (2021-2022)

Podcast editor and consultant for the first season. An interview show about African development in the 21st century. Hosted by Gyude Moore, former Minister of Public Works for Liberia and a senior policy fellow for the Center for Global Development.

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Internet Citizen Podcast (2016-2020)

A podcast I developed, produced, and hosted, about Internet culture and gaming. Earlier episodes at

Charlotte Newsmakers (2019)

An interview podcast focused on the people and organizations behind Charlotte's biggest news trends. Hosted by Associated Press reporter Sarah Blake Morgan.

Studio producer and associate editor for Summer 2019.

Backyard Cambridge - A Local Politics Podcast (2018)

Highlights of a narrative podcast I produced about local politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with support from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

The podcast is no longer listed on iTunes, but you can listen to it at the Backyard Cambridge website, or contact me for the podcast audio.

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Select field production and tape syncs I've done for podcasts and radio.

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