How Motherhood Affects Creativity

Despite the very American idea that the artistic impulse and the parenting impulse are fundamentally opposed, writer and mother Erika Hayasaki looks at science and mothers’ experience for the truth: That becoming a mother makes many women more, not less, creative.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Sep 13, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,686 words)

End Pain Forever

Steven Pete has a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to feel pain. Pam Costa has the opposite neurological condition — she feels pain constantly, as if her body is on fire. They both share a genetic link that has helped scientists understand why we experience pain and how to treat it.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 18, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,961 words)

Traces of Times Lost

One journalist and parent explores the elusive nature of early memory, the ways children’s minds work, and why certain information does not stay with us, but still has a profound impact.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 29, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,688 words)

In a Perpetual Present

Susie McKinnon has a severely deficient autobiographical memory, which means she can’t remember details about her past—or envision what her future might look like.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 10, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,049 words)

A Criminal Mind

How a respected psychiatrist and loving father and husband became an uncaring drug dealer.

Published: Oct 2, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,630 words)

Buried Alive in a Grain Silo

Four years ago, Erika Hayasaki learned about the death of two young men in a corn grain bin accident in the Midwest. Over the next two years, while pregnant and later with her then-six-month-year-old daughter and husband in tow, she left her life in Los Angeles to visit Mount Carroll, Illinois, population 1,700, to capture the story. The following is an excerpt from Hayasaki’s story, Drowned By Corn, which describes the lives of the young workers before the accident.

Source: Amazon
Published: Dec 1, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2,554 words)

Life of a Police Officer: Medically and Psychologically Ruinous

The intensely challenging job of law enforcement is linked to many health issues. Erika Hayasaki met a former officer who tried to protect her high school friend and learned the effect her death had on him:

Police officer Brian Post recognized the 16-year-old girl lying face down in the grass at the Whispering Pines apartment complex in Lynnwood, Washington. He had gotten to know her in recent weeks, helping her obtain a restraining order against her abusive ex-boyfriend. Now, here was Sangeeta Lal, unconscious, with two bullets in her chest.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 14, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2,679 words)