Karen Duffin

Karen Duffin is a reporter and producer whose work has appeared on Radiolab, The Moth, On the Media, Reply All, UnFictional and others.

She taught radio at the Columbia School of Journalism, and was a two-time Porchlight SF storytelling champ, Moth mainstage storyteller and story coach, and editor at Cowbird and The Rumpus.

Karen Duffin appears in the following:

Episode 867: Special Report: Asylum Crackdown

Friday, September 28, 2018

We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.

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Episode 836: The 13th Hole

Friday, September 07, 2018

What a hole-in-one gone awry says about the state of charity.

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Episode 862: Big Government Cheese

Friday, August 31, 2018

That time we accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave.

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An Economics Lesson From The World's Longest Yard Sale

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Two economics reporters drive the length of an event known as The World's Longest Yard Sale — stretching from Alabama to Michigan — in search of economic wisdom. They discover a truth of behavioral economics and a couple French records, too.

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Episode 444: New Jersey Wine

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Today on the show: Could New Jersey become the next Napa?

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Episode 860: The World's Longest Yard Sale

Friday, August 17, 2018

Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!

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Episode 853: Peak Sand

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.

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Episode 851: The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.

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How A Political Consultant Changed Voting Districts Nationally

Friday, June 15, 2018

As the Supreme Court is set to rule on two gerrymandering cases, NPR's Planet Money looks at how one political consultant changed the national maps by investing in state elections.

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The Dilemma Of Florida's District 5

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Supreme Court is looking at partisan gerrymandering. We go to Florida, where they've been fighting about it for years, in one district in particular.

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Episode 846: Ungerrymandering Florida

Friday, June 08, 2018

When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.

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Episode 845: REDMAP

Friday, June 01, 2018

Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.

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Episode 841: The Land Of Duty Free

Friday, May 11, 2018

We meet the man who invented duty free shopping and find out if these tax free stores are really saving us any money.

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Episode 836: The Rational Madness Of The Used Car Salesman

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Why are used car commercials so annoying? Meet the original sinner.

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Episode 834: NDA Tell-All

Friday, April 06, 2018

Today on the show, we talk to one of the most famous NDA breakers of all time, and ask: If you've made an agreement like that, is there a legal way out?

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Could Harvesting Urine Ease Demand For Phosphorus?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Phosphorous is essential for life, and it's used in most fertilizers. But it could run out. A group of researchers has recruited citizens of a town in Vermont to test out a solution.

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On San Bernardino

Thursday, December 03, 2015

In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, a look at the ban on CDC research into gun violence and how the families of victims manage the media. 
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Librarians Vs. The Patriot Act

Friday, June 05, 2015

Once called the "library provision," Section 215 of the Patriot Act forced libraries to become headliners in the battle waged to protect American freedoms. 

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Nazi Summer Camp

Friday, May 22, 2015

The incredible, little-known story of the Nazi prisoners of war kept on American soil during World War II.
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Managing the Media After Tragedy

Friday, May 30, 2014

Following last week’s massacre, residents of Isla Vista were confronted with misery of another kind: the constant presence of television news cameras, reporters, and broadcast vans in the midst of the grieving community. But in the aftermath of such tragedy, the media can play a crucial role in helping those affected make something meaningful out of their devastating loss. As Karen Duffin reported last fall, the template for that kind of PR savvy was established back in 1999, after the massacre at Columbine High School.

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