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:

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.

The Volunteer

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Yusuf Ahmed Nur volunteered to counsel a man on death row. He never intended to witness the execution.

Inventing ‘Hispanic’

Thursday, March 11, 2021

How did a hugely diverse group of people in the United States get lumped together? The answer involves Chicanos, the census, and Celia Cruz.

Lost Cause

Thursday, March 04, 2021

What does it take to overcome one of the oldest disinformation campaigns in American history?

The Sisterhood

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Filipinos make up 4 percent of nurses in the U.S. Why do they account for a third of the nurses who have died from COVID-19 in America?

The Case for Sweatpants

Thursday, February 18, 2021

What a polarizing garment says about America

56 Years

Thursday, February 11, 2021

American democracy is younger, and more fragile, than we’ve been taught. One woman lived through the whole thing. 

The Loophole

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Inside Yellowstone National Park, there’s a glitch in the U.S. Constitution.

Que Viva la Pepa: Introducing The Experiment

Monday, January 25, 2021

Stories from an unfinished country. A new series from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios.