David Herman

David Herman is the sound designer for The Experiment. He began his radio career at WNYC, and has since contributed to shows for Gimlet Media, Stitcher, NPR, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, where he created the sound design behind the podcast series Floodlines.

David Herman appears in the following:

Who Would Jesus Mock?

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Atlantic’s Emma Green sits down with the editor-in-chief of Christian satire site the Babylon Bee to talk about mockery and the line between making fun and doing harm.

The True Cost of Prison Phone Calls

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Phone-call fees from incarcerated people generate millions of dollars for states, but children pay the price.

The Original Anti-Vaxxer

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Where does bodily autonomy end and our duty to others begin? In March, The Experiment considered one answer, the story of a 1905 Supreme Court case about government-mandated vaccines.

The Unwritten Rules of Black TV

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The short, uneven history of Black representation on television—from Julia to The Cosby Show to today’s “renaissance.”  

What 9/11 Did to One Family

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Grief, conspiracy theories, and a family’s search for meaning in the two decades since the attacks.

A Uyghur Teen’s Life After Escaping Genocide

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The Uyghur refugee Aséna Tahir Izgil escaped the genocide of her people in China. Now she’s trying to be a teenager in America.

Can America See Gymnasts for More Than Their Medals?

Thursday, August 12, 2021

USA Gymnastics has been undergoing a reckoning over widespread abuse. The Atlantic's Emma Green asks former gymnast Rachael Denhollander whether the sport can shake off that grim legacy.

Why Can’t We Just Forget the Alamo?

Thursday, August 05, 2021

The Texan writer Bryan Burrough set out to debunk the myth of the Alamo, only to find himself igniting a fierce ideological battle over the state's founding legend.

The Myth of the ‘Student Athlete’

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The NCAA was created to protect students, so why have some student athletes gone hungry while their schools have earned millions? 

The Hate-Crime Conundrum

Thursday, July 22, 2021

After 50 years of hate-crime legislation in the U.S., hate-motivated violence is once again on the rise. So where did we go wrong?

The Great Seed Panic of 2020

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Last summer, home deliveries of unsolicited Chinese seeds sent Americans into a panic. Writer Chris Heath has discovered an explanation that many, including the USDA, don’t believe.

Life, Liberty, and Drugs

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Columbia professor Carl Hart believes that we can use drugs safely, and that doing so is our American right.

One Woman’s Quest for an Orgasm

Thursday, May 27, 2021

On an intimate journey for her own sexual pleasure, Katharine Smyth found herself navigating  a female-orgasm industrial complex long defined by myths about women’s bodies.

How the Evangelical World Turned on Itself

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Christian rapper Lecrae found his faith in a culture where evangelicalism and politics were tightly tied. When he couldn’t live with that anymore, the consequences were devastating.

How The Evangelical Machine Got Made

Thursday, May 13, 2021

White evangelicals have become the most powerful voting bloc in America, one church mailing list at a time. But is the cost of political victory too high?

Here for the Right Reasons? Lessons From '90 Day Fiancé'

Thursday, May 06, 2021

What does a guilty-pleasure reality show teach us about immigration and democracy in America?

What Makes a Murderer?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

A widely criticized legal principle disproportionately puts youth of color and women behind bars. But is it the only way to hold police accountable when they kill?

The Problem With America’s National Parks

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The story of our national parks, sometimes called “America’s best idea,” leaves out a very big group of people. The Ojibwe writer David Treuer is trying to change that.

The ‘Rock Doc’ Who Prescribed 1.4 Million Pain Pills

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Jeffrey Young’s patients say he helped them like nobody else could, but prosecutors indicted him following a huge painkiller bust. His case offers a unique look at the opioid crisis.

The Crime of Refusing Vaccination

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Where do our rights over our own bodies end and our duties to others begin? An answer lies in the story of a 1905 Supreme Court case about government-mandated vaccines.