Christopher Werth

Senior Editor, WNYC Narrative Unit

Christopher Werth appears in the following:

'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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


'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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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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