A Chat About Rooftop Farms: In October 2012 I did a Google+ Hangout with Paul Rauber, an editor at Sierra magazine. The subject was “Up on the Farm,” a story I wrote for the November/December issue about Gotham Greens and Brooklyn Grange — two farms with drastically different approaches to feeding New York City from within.
The Shot that Got Me Fired: What if you’re waiting tables at a Mexican restaurant and the food critic for the Washington Post sits in your section? Disaster, that’s what. Watch the true story I told on stage at SpeakeasyDC.
Jungle Bunnies: When trekking through the jungles of Borneo, the very last thing one expects to run into is a trio of Playboy Bunnies. Yet that is exactly what happened to me while I was competing in an absurdly difficult race in the Malaysian wilds. With the appearance of these beauties, my quest took an unexpected turn. As you enjoy this story I told on the stage of Speakeasy DC, discount your disbelief: All of this actually happened.
Best Green Roofs in NYC: In August 2010, I visited New York City in pursuit of a story about the most attractive and interesting “green roofs” in this most concrete of cities. Here’s a video tour of my five favorites.
A True Story Told Live: Never let it be said that a can of Bumblebee brand tuna can’t change your life. This is a true story from my childhood, told on the stage of SpeakeasyDC in August 2011.
Camping in Jasper: I get wistful every time I see this short video taken by my wife, Anjali, during a camping trip on the banks of the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, Canada.
A Visit to Tarantulas.com: Not for the squeamish! I shot this video during a visit to America’s leading breeder of tarantulas, scorpions, and other poisonous creepy-crawlies.
5 Ways to Save the Ocean: One of the best assignments I’ve ever received was a long feature in Sierra magazine about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the swirling mass of plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (See the feature here.) I made this companion video to tell readers what they could do to prevent plastic from entering our ecosystem.
India on the Move: On my first trip to India in 2009, I was astonished by the traffic — its color, sounds, variety, and danger. I made this video so others could experience the exhilarating pageant of modern India.
Slackline Surfing: You never know what’s going to go viral on YouTube. In 2008, I went on a mini-expedition with Damian Cooksey, one of the world’s most accomplished slackliners. I casually shot this video of him “surfing” a slackline, and it has received hits than all my other videos put together.