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.


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.


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.


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.


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. ...


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.


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...


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

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Schoolkids under the flight path of London's main airport now play in noise-reducing huts because it's so loud. Yet the airport wants a third runway so it can accommodate more flights.


Boeing's Iconic 747 May Be Flying Into The Sunset

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sales of the airliner are flagging, and airlines are retiring their 747 fleets. The end may be near for the original "jumbo jet," but in its glory days, it offered an experience like no other.


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.


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

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Amid rising production, U.S. oil companies say Congress should end a 1970s-era ban on oil exports. Some energy analysts agree, saying the way we visualize the global marketplace as a ...


Reinventing The Music Video, One Street Corner At A Time

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The French website La Blogothéque is famous for what it calls "Take Away Shows": original, informal videos of musicians from across the U.S. and Europe playing live in unlikely places.


This Expensive Rubber Mat Could Be The Synth Of The Future

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Fit with rubbery keys and advanced electronics, the newly minted keyboard is designed to realistically mimic other instruments, thus allowing one player to sound like many. Christophe...


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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Havana Marking's new documentary focuses on professional thieves who've targeted high-end jewelry shops across Europe, the Middle East and Asia for a decade. According to Interpol, th...


Change Is On The Horizon For London's Famous Skyline

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The city of London boasts centuries of architectural history. But a building boom is threatening the city's traditionally low-rise aesthetic and the views of some of that history. Cri...


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

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Frequently scavenged by "mudlarks" who roam its banks with metal detectors, the river has yielded Elizabethan coins, Roman statuettes and WWII munitions to those who are willing to di...


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

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

In the 19th and 20th centuries, nearly every coal mine in the U.K. had a brass band. They were intended to keep workers out of trouble, and were a matter of civic pride for local comm...


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. 

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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.

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