Christopher Werth

Senior Editor, WNYC Narrative Unit

Christopher Werth is a senior editor in WNYC’s Narrative Unit. Prior to that, he worked as editor/senior producer of The Daily at The New York Times and senior producer at Freakonomics Radio. He spent eight years as a public-radio reporter in London, reporting for NPR, Marketplace, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times and the BBC World Service.

Christopher Werth appears in the following:

Who Killed Conscious Rap? Find Out on 'The Stakes'

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Over on the new WNYC podcast The Stakes, Christopher M. Johnson joins host Kai Wright to investigate the origins of conscious rap... and who killed it.

To Be Young, Conscious and Rap

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hip hop schooled a generation to be unapologetically black and proud, until commercialism changed the rap game.

Lead in the Land

Thursday, May 16, 2019

City officials are divided on whether to do something about high levels of lead in soil. WNYC tested three public parks. Here’s what we found.


Seeking Refuge, Poisoned By Lead

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

When a mother of four moved into an apartment in the outer edge of the city, it was supposed to serve as a refuge from an abusive ex. Instead, it poisoned her children.

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Lead Paint from a Hundred Years Ago is Still Poisoning Kids in the US

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

WNYC's newest podcast, The Stakes, examines how lead disproportionately affects communities of color across the US.


The People vs. Dutch Boy Lead

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

What do a handful of baby teeth, a creepy cartoon character and The Young Lords have in common? This is the story of one of our worst public health epidemics.

How Is Lead Still A Problem?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A new podcast looks at the problems (and solutions) we face today. First up: lead paint. 

Combating Lead Poisoning

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Christopher Werth on what recent laws are being passed in New York City to combat lead poisoning.


Using Kids as Canaries?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The New York City Council has plans to overhaul the city's lead protection laws. Public health advocates say we need tougher enforcement. 


'The Jungle' Review: A New Play Illustrates the Heartbreak — and Happinesses — of a Refugee Camp

Sunday, December 23, 2018

"The Jungle" is based on a real place — a refugee camp in the port town of Calais, France.


Kirsten Gillibrand's Path to Power

Thursday, November 15, 2018

As we head towards 2020, what can Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's rise within the Democratic Party tell us about the relationship between gender and power in American politics?

Special Broadcast #3: Missing You

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Friends and family say prison changed Prodigy for the better. As the world of hip hop continues to mourn his loss, there are still questions surrounding his death. 

Special Broadcast #2: Son, They Shook

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

No other group defined the golden age of hip hop quite like Mobb Deep. But when Prodigy went on trial for a parole violation, so did hip hop and sickle cell. 

Special Broadcast #1: This Sunny Day Right Here

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We trace the origins of legendary rap duo Mobb Deep and delve into Prodigy's lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia.

¡Sí Se Puede!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Before “Yes we can!”, there was “¡Sí se puede!”

What Does the Right Kind of Woman Sound Like?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Shrill, strident, bossy. These are the misogynistic slurs women often face when they run for elected office. So what should power sound like?

The Right Kind of Woman

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Mikie Sherrill of suburban New Jersey are both Democrats fighting their way into Republican territory, but in very different ways.

The Women of Texas's Secret Resistance

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A group of women in rural Texas share a secret: they’re progressive, and they’re organizing. Membership is by-invitation-only, and they’ve sworn not to discuss the group with outsiders.

Ida B. Wells

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Journalist and activist Ida B. Wells is in some ways a forgotten figure, but she was unwavering in her mission: calling America out on racial injustice.

Women in the Senate

Thursday, October 11, 2018

In all of U.S. history, only 52 senators have been women. Listen as they share their stories and offer tips for future leaders.