I’ve been fascinated with complicated surgeries and the surgeons who are capable of doing them since I was a kid — especially neurosurgeons, cardiovascular surgeons and transplant surgeons. I scour the internet for videos of brain surgery with some regularity. I enjoy watching them for the same reason I enjoy watching a symphony or a […]

The story of LA as a major world city really starts in ernest with the arrival of the aqueduct. How the city acquired the water and what happened afterward is the stuff of legend. The story has been dramatized and mythologized through the years. A lot of information has been mixed up or made up. […]

When AIDS came around when I was a kid, the thing that really fascinated me about it was where it came from and how it managed to travel all around the world and become such a problem in such a relatively short time. I have always been interested in how an emerging disease manages to […]

Around four years ago, I got the idea to write a show about bubonic plague. Not on just one or two outbreaks or something, but an entire stage show where I just talk about bubonic plague for three hours. Any takers? No? Huh. As a fan of history, I really felt that the story of plague […]