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Christopher Werth

Producer, Freakonomics Radio

Christopher Werth is a Producer with “Freakonomics Radio.” He worked from London and across Europe as a freelance reporter for NPR, "Marketplace," PRI, "Newsweek" and The Los Angeles Times, among others, where he primarily covered business, the European debt crisis and terrorism. He was a fellow with the International Reporting Project in India, and he worked in South Africa as a grant recipient from the Center for Investigative Reporting. In 2012, he served as the President of the Association of American Correspondents in London. He began life in public radio as an intern for WNYC’s "On The Media." He holds a masters in International Affairs. 

Christopher Werth appears in the following:

We Go Underground To Tour London's Crossrail Project

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Crossrail touts itself as the biggest infrastructure project in Europe. It's made up of 10 new train stations and 26 miles of tunnels below London. It's due to open in 2018.

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EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. Under the new commissioner, the company could face more formal charges and billions of dollars in fines.

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Kate Bush Sells Out 22 Shows In Less Than 15 Minutes

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Kate Bush fans have waited 35 years for her to go on tour. The rather reclusive British singer-songwriter has launched her first live shows since 1979 — but she's performing all of them in London.

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Making The Label Matter: A Record Company's Return From Obscurity

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.

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Bloated In Budget And Absent At Airshow, F-35 Charts A Troubled Course

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to be combat-ready next year. But the aircraft, which is already over-budget, failed to show up at the International Air Show in the UK. ...

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From Pen And Paper To 3-D, Look Who's Challenging Google Maps

Monday, July 07, 2014

Today, digital maps are a big business, and Google has become nearly everyone's go-to cartographer. But there are challengers out there — and you might be surprised by some of the competition.

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The Long, Slow Vanish Of Britain's Illustrious Recording Clubs

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In the years following World War II, tape-recording clubs gathered significant popularity in the UK. Clubs met to share tapes of everything from bird calls to the sounds of local even...

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How Loud Is Too Loud? A High-Decibel Debate On Expanding Heathrow

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pippins Primary School is just one of dozens of schools in the neighborhoods that surround London's Heathrow Airport. At recess the students play outside on an asphalt playground. And like clockwork, a jet roars just several hundred feet overhead every 90 seconds. The school is almost directly under Heathrow's flight ...

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Boeing's Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

Saturday, March 29, 2014

While global attention has been focused on Malaysia Airlines' missing 777 this week, Boeing's best-known aircraft, the 747, was also in the news. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered Boeing to immediately fix a software glitch that could cause problems during landing.

The software flaw is not the only problem for ...

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Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate

Friday, March 07, 2014

To stay competitive, Europeans need cheaper natural gas but they also need to be less dependent upon Russia. They're looking at fracking as a solution, but opponents have environmental concerns.

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'A Global Bathtub': Rethinking The U.S. Oil Export Ban

Saturday, February 01, 2014

When oil supplies ran short and gasoline prices spiked four decades ago, angry drivers demanded relief. Congress responded in 1975 by banning most exports of U.S. crude oil.

Today, domestic oil production is booming, prompting U.S. energy companies to call for a resumption of exporting. Many economists agree.

But would ...

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Reinventing The Music Video, One Street Corner At A Time

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The sun has just set over a busy, dimly lit street in Paris when musicians suddenly start spilling out of a corner bar, tuning their instruments. Colin Solal Cardo follows close behind, holding a video camera.

"We were inside the bar," Solal Cardo says, "and we got kicked out. So ...

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This Expensive Rubber Mat Could Be The Synth Of The Future

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Consider the piano: Invented sometime in the late 17th century, the instrument has been through several iterations in its centuries-old life. For example, the type of piano on which Bach or Mozart wrote looked and sounded very different from the piano we know today.

Now, an ...

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'Smash & Grab': How Pink Panthers Stole Millions In Jewels

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

In this age of cyber-crime and online espionage, here's a good old-fashioned story about cops and robbers: Smash & Grab, a new documentary film opening in New York on Wednesday, details the exploits of the "Pink Panthers" — a group of international jewel thieves that, for the past decade, has ...

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Change Is On The Horizon For London's Famous Skyline

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cities are defined by their skylines — while Paris is composed mostly of low-rise apartment buildings, New York is a city of tall office towers. But London is a city in transition. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, the mayor of the British capital, attends a "topping out" ceremony for one of ...

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The River Thames, A Not-So-Secret Treasure Trove

Sunday, April 07, 2013

In the United Kingdom, British archaeologists have made a number of significant discoveries as of late, from the battered remains of King Richard III — found buried beneath a parking lot — to, more recently, a 14th-century burial ground for plague victims in London.

British soil is, ...

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Britain's Brass Bands: A Working-Class Tradition On The Wane

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The world often feels full of fading traditions, from drive-in movie theaters to the dying art of good old-fashioned letter writing.

For the British, add brass bands to that list. Traditional brass bands have played an important cultural role in working-class British communities for centuries. But some warn that without ...

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Facebook v. Europe

Friday, October 26, 2012

Europe has long taken a harder line towards global internet companies who make privacy incursions against their users and Facebook is no exception.  In the last few months, a couple of high-profile cases have seen European privacy fears realized.  We asked Marketplace reporter Christopher Werth to talk to a few of the people in Europe who’ve run up against Facebook recently to see if their experiences might tell us something about Facebook’s prospective practices in the US. 

The Outside Joke - My Mom’s on Facebook

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Covering the Olympics Outside the Games

Friday, July 27, 2012

Some 29,000 reporters and their staffs have descended on London for the Olympic Games, but according to the International Olympic Committee, about one quarter of them are not accredited to actually cover the games.  These are left to report on any number of local stories, which can be a chilling prospect for civic leaders. Christopher Werth reports on the attempt by Olympic host cities to try to shape the coverage produced by the staggering number of unaccredited journalists.

Oddisee - Frostbit

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