[american anthem]

selections from the NPR arts desk’s yearlong anthem series, on which i served as lead digital editor

What Does ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ Really Mean?
by STEVE INSKEEP • 2019

Nina Simone's 'Lovely, Precious Dream' For Black Children
by NOEL KING • 2019

Oh Yes Son, They're Talking To You: 20 Years Of 'No Scrubs'
by SIDNEY MADDEN • 2019

Unfurling 'Sweet Home Alabama,' A Tapestry Of Southern Discomfort
by FELIX CONTRERAS • 2018

'Fight The Power': A Tale Of 2 Anthems (With The Same Name)
by PHIL HARRELL • 2018


[more favorites]

broadcast stories, adapted, extended and deepened for online readers

How Robyn Found Herself In The Space Between The Notes
NPR • All Things Considered • 2018

Between Chaos And Desire: A Conversation With Christine And The Queens
NPR • World Cafe • 2018

Comeback Girl: Gwen Stefani On Healing In Public
NPR • Weekend Edition Sunday • 2016

'You Can't Prepare Yourself': A Conversation With Adele
NPR • All Things Considered • 2015

'We Knew Things Were Different For Us': Heems On Rap, Race And Identity
NPR • Morning Edition • 2015

'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift
NPR • All Things Considered • 2014

Owen Pallett: The Consummate Musician, In Conflict
NPR • All Things Considered • 2014

Mark Ronson On Sampling, ‘Jacking’ And Originality
NPR • TED Radio Hour • 2014