Writing Archive

  • Flight of the Monarch

    Flight of the Monarch

    It’s one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful and inspiring mysteries: the migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to the Michoacán forest in central Mexico and back. It’s been happening for thousands of years, and it will, no doubt, continue for thousands more. But […]

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  • C.F. Martin Guitars

    C.F. Martin Guitars

    A history of the world’s most famous acoustic guitar, including an interview with company president Chris Martin IV, and a visit to the factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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  • Live From Abbey Road

    Live From Abbey Road

    An exclusive inside look at London’s legendary Abbey Road, recording studio for Sir Edward Elgar, Glenn Miller, Beyond the Fringe, Pink Floyd, and some group called The Beatles. The music television show, Live From Abbey Road, was taped at the studio and premiered June 2007 […]

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  • American Jazz in Paris

    American Jazz in Paris

    America may be the birthplace of jazz — and of such legends as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong — but it’s the Parisian radio station TSF that’s keeping the passion for it alive.

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  • The World Record-Breaking Capital

    The World Record-Breaking Capital

    The strongest hair! The youngest sumo wrestler! The longest pencil! In Malaysia, making your mark – any mark – is a matter of national pride.

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  • History’s Unsolved Heists

    History’s Unsolved Heists

    A short compendium of stolen loot, stashed about the globe and waiting to be discovered.

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  • Barris the Kustomizer King

    Barris the Kustomizer King

    The Father of the Batmobile made Tom Wolfe’s career, and he’s still alive and kicking in Los Angeles.

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  • Wimpy Pirate of the Caribbean

    Wimpy Pirate of the Caribbean

    On the trail of Mundaca, the Yucatan’s lovesick pirate.

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  • Cigar Overdose in Ybor City

    Cigar Overdose in Ybor City

    America’s first capital of cigars was Tampa, Florida. This is what happens when a visitor attempts to smoke as many stogies as possible every day.

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  • The Foghat Chronicles

    The Foghat Chronicles

    What began as a simple joke posting to my website blossoms into a strange correspondence with three members of the 70s band Foghat.

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