Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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mar
03
2011

'Guantanamo North': Inside U.S. Secretive Prisons | NPR

NPR’s Investigative unit has a two-part series on today’s All Things Considered and tomorrow’s Morning Edition about two special prison “communication management units” that house convicted prisoners classified as terrorists.

feb
17
2011

America's Shifting Populations

NPR is running a series this week called “Cities In Transition,” about demographic shifts in different parts of the country. To accompany the series, I put together an interactive graph of racial / ethnic populations nationwide and state-by-state since 1910. …

feb
01
2011

The Road Back To Work | NPR

For the next year, NPR is following six people in the greater St. Louis area who started 2011 unemployed and are searching for work. I designed the series hub page, and in the coming months I may also produce graphics related to economic / unemployment data.

jan
23
2011

Secret Garden” Notecards

Over two consecutive “letterpress happy hours” at Pyramid Atlantic, I typeset and printed a set of notecards as a belated birthday gift / surprise for my Aunt Lulu. She started a backyard garden last year that she calls her “secret …

dec
28
2010

By The Numbers: The 112th Congress | NPR

I put together a small Flash interactive graphic to go with stories about the new Congress, where users can see a breakdown of the incoming House freshmen by party, year of birth, gender and previous political experience. I had far too much fun just clicking between sort criteria and watching the little blocks animate into place.

nov
16
2010

PA Letterpress Calendar for sale! | Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Self-promoting PSA: The letterpress calendar project I worked on is now available for sale online. </selfpromotion>

nov
04
2010

2011 Letterpress Calendar - Done!

The designers for the 2011 Pyramid Atlantic letterpress calendar (and a few other helpful volunteers) got together last night to assemble the calendars and ready them for sale at this weekend’s Book Arts Fair in Silver Spring, Md. It’s been …

oct
27
2010

A Web Of GOP Influence | NPR

Interactive, narrated graphic. “These groups style themselves as independent, grass-roots organizations, though they are tightly interconnected. The network is behind a slew of campaign ads this fall.”

oct
15
2010

2010 Letterpress Calendar

I’ve been taking letterpress classes at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, and I’m finally embarking on a real project, participating in a 2011 letterpress calendar project to benefit the art center. Everyone picks a month (I’m January) and …

oct
12
2010

The All Songs 24/7 Music Channel | NPR

All Songs, all the time. “Hear a non-stop mix of every song ever played on the ten years of All Songs Considered. Enjoy old favorites, brand-new tracks and exclusive live concert recordings from the archive. Tune in any time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”

oct
09
2010

Fighting Words

This week at work we launched Fighting Words, an experimental effort to track the use of certain keywords on the campaign trail this fall. NPR editors have identified about 40 political figures to track — Democrats and Republicans, active candidates …

sep
24
2010

Planet Money's Toxic Asset

Back in January, members of NPR's Planet Money team invested $1,000 of their own money into a “sketchy little toxic asset” — a tiny share of a huge pool of mortgages that had been bundled into a security and sold as an investment opportunity.

sep
13
2010

Election Scorecard

This afternoon, we launched one of our big pre-election features, the Election Scorecard. The scorecard is a database of election predictions from NPR’s Ken Rudin and other major political analysts / organizations (CQ/Roll Call, Cook Political Report, Rothenberg Political Report …

sep
10
2010

So I'm Blogging Again

My blog died a slow, painful death this year: First I let it drown in republished links from my Delicious feed. Then, earlier this summer, the Movable Type admin broke (long story). So one of my goals for Labor Day …

dec
06
2009

The Jazz Loft

About this project: In the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of reel-to-reel tape recordings, and took nearly 40,000 photos, in his lower Manhattan loft apartment. His was a building where the era’s …

nov
03
2009

50 Great Voices

About the project: In January 2010, NPR will launch a year-long exploration of 50 great voices in recorded history. The series isn’t an attempt to catalog the so-called “greatest” singers. Instead, we hope to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from …

jul
22
2009

The New NPR.org

NPR’s Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday, introduces NPR.org’s redesign, coming this Monday, June 27: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on YouTube.) More About the Redesign »

apr
26
2009

visualizing the electric grid

Starting Monday, NPR is running a 10-part series about the U.S. electric grid, power sources and energy consumption. My contribution to the project, working with Andrew Prince and Robert Benincasa: a multi-layered interactive map of the grid as it exists …

apr
02
2009

npr: the question

Yesterday at work, we launched a new feature called The Question. The hosts of All Things Considered often interview notable figures — politicians, musicians, artists, etc. As the conversation gets rolling, before moving on to more serious subjects, a host …

jan
19
2009

making a change

Selling the car aside, December brought another big change for me: After four years (and many elections) with washingtonpost.com, I started a new job with the design team at NPR. The organization is making a big investment in its digital …