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Energy in Cuba (American Security Project podcast)

Cuba is aiming toward a new friendship with the U.S., but that’s only one way in which it’s changing. The government wants to transform its spectacularly old and dirty energy system into one that’s a world leader. Can Cuba do it, and what role can the U.S. play in the transition? In this podcast, I speak with Andrew Holland of the American Security Project about a recent reporting trip I made to Havana. Podcast


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Wilderness Calling (KQED Radio)

Should we bring a cellphone when we go into the great outdoors? Does the gadget keep us connected to the outside world or dilute our experience of nature? I explored this question in an op-ed piece on KQED, San Francisco’s public radio station, based on a wake-up call I had in Yosemite National Park.  KQED Perspective


The Mt. Aconcagua Misadventure

In January 2007, I tagged along with a group of uber-athletes to climb Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 feet), the highest point in the Americas. Armed with a satellite phone, I kept a daily audio blog that transfixed hundreds of listeners during a dangerous, two-week ascent.

As the climb got harder each day,  I struggled with a question that is new to outdoor adventure in the 21st Century. When technology enables an intimate connection to home…and the climb starts going badly….does it change the outcome of the adventure itself?

I turned this heartbreaking and sometimes funny story into an audio broadcast entitled “Tough Call.” Enjoy the audio stream.