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:

Teenage Life After Genocide

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Experiment revisits the story of Aséna Tahir Izgil, a Uyghur teen adjusting to life in the U.S. after escaping China’s genocide of her people.

Cram Your SPAM

Thursday, February 10, 2022

How SPAM built a town—and tore it apart

Uncle SPAM

Thursday, February 03, 2022

In World War II, the American Dream was exported across the world, one SPAM can at a time.

Protecting the Capitol One Year After January 6

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Nearly one year after commanding the D.C. National Guard during the January 6 insurrection, Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker is helping ensure the Capitol will never be attacked again.

Is There Justice in Felony Murder?

Thursday, December 02, 2021

In April, The Experiment explored a legal principle that disproportionately puts youth of color and women behind bars. But is it the only way to hold police accountable when they kill?

How ‘Passing’ Upends a Problematic Hollywood History

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Hollywood has a long, problematic history with movies about racial passing. But actor-writer-director Rebecca Hall is trying to tell a new kind of passing story. 

A Friend in the Execution Room

Thursday, November 11, 2021

The Experiment revisits our March conversation with Yusuf Ahmed Nur, a Somali immigrant and business professor who volunteered to witness the U.S. government execute someone. 

What Does It Mean to Give Away Our DNA?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

As excitement about genetic testing grows, one Navajo geneticist considers the future of the field and whether her people should be a part of it.

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.