A selection of some of my journalistic work, as writer, editor and broadcaster
Ode Magazine Oct.- Nov. 2011:
Speaking in tongues — Why the Oro Win are fighting to preserve their native language–and what that means for the rest of us.
December 16, 2010
Q&A with Mike Newell, director of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
December 10, 2010
November 10, 2010
May 21, 2010
How can one study produce so many conflicting reports?
May 17, 2010
The Interphone study finds no increase in risk but the long-term effects of prolonged cell phone use require further study — and will spark fresh controversy
March 2, 2010
Kaiser Fung, author of Numbers Rule Your World, and James Geary discuss whether words or numbers better connect people to a story.
Your cell phone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work..
When did humans start changing the environment?
The Social Investment Almanack
Published by Society Media, this annual review features my primer on philanthro- capitalism
July 5, 2009
The World Today
Does humor have a place in politics? Find out in this excerpt from The World Today, hosted by Rebecca Kesby, with Vitali Vitaliev and James Geary.
Who Protects the Internet?
Pull up the wrong undersea cable and the Internet goes dark in Berlin or Dubai. Meet the people who stand guard over the World Wide Web.
Hear a podcast of PopSci's Cocktail Party Science, in which host Chuck Cage discusses protecting the Internet with Deputy Editor Jake Ward and James Geary.
January 1, 2009
This year, the big question from the World Question Center is: What will change everything? What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?
Jos Houben and the art of silent comedy
July 13, 2008
Although we've always been a bionic species, says James Geary, we're now blurring the line between man and machine like never before.
An anatomy of the “new activism”
This issue was nominated for a Maggie award, the accolades handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Politics & Social Issues/Consumer category.
January 1, 2008
This year, the big question from the World Question Center is: What have you changed your mind about? Why?
BBC Radio 4, October 21, 2007
A modest proposal for funding the BBC...
July 2, 2007
New Prime Minister Gordon Brown edges away from Tony Blair and the Iraq war as the U.K. braces against the rising terror threat
June 29, 2007
If the British people really do want less spin and more substance from their prime minister, then Gordon Brown could be the man to deliver it.
I’m a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Check out my debut contribution, on Dylan Evans' utopia experiment in Scotland, and/or my take on the RoboCup 2007 robotic soccer championship.
BBC Radio 4, April 15, 2007
More on Britain’s relationship to the tabloid press...
January 1, 2007
This year, the big question from the World Question Center is: What are you optimistic about? Why?
BBC Radio 4, December 3, 2006
On the tabloid press and British impertinence toward authority...
Vol. 17, No. 1, 2006, pages 41-44
In praise of the tabs (sort of) — Why I (kind of) like the British tabloid press...
July 17, 2006
Comment is free, correct? Well, only up to a point ... In an age when every other person seems to be a blogger, the value of high-quality commentary to established outlets is having an impact that is economic as well as journalistic. James Geary reports
I am the deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
Re-writing J-School: How journalism schools are trying to connect classrooms to newsrooms
I was the editor of Ode/The Intelligent Optimist, a magazine about positive change, from 2006 to 2012.
July- Aug. 2013:
The Unbearable Lightness of Boredom
The surprising benefits of being bored
Jan.- Feb. 2013:
Walking on Water
One man’s odyssey to retrace and reduce his water footprint
Nov.- Dec. 2012:
True Grit — How persistence makes us who we are.
July- Aug. 2012:
Sure Enough — How doubt can lead to greater intimacy, enhanced self- confidence and a deeper sense of spirituality
May- June 2012:
Hidden Persuaders — Exploring the promise and the perils of the new unconscious.
Jan.- Feb. 2012:
Life Without Leaders — It's followers who have solutions to our most challenging social and political problems.
Dec. 2011 Who needs banks anyway? In the new age of austerity, communities are coming together to finance and run their own projects and services.
This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Business, Finance, Management & Retail/Trade & Consumer category.
The spirit of money — Why we need to restore a sense of the sacred to the economy.
July- Aug. 2011 The compassion instinct Research shows that a compassionate attitude towards others improves mental and physical health.
This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Lifestyles & Alternative Lifestyles/Consumer category.
June 2011 A Politically Incorrect Solution to Climate Change Global warming seems inevitable. So maybe we should stop trying to prevent it and start finding ways to live with it — through adaptation.
This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Best News Story/Consumer category.
Spring 2011 A new food manifesto It's time to take back control of what and how we eat. Here's why.
This story was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Politics & Social Issues/ Consumer category.
Reading, Writing and Revelation — How the written word helps refresh body, mind and soul.
This story/issue was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Lifestyles & Alternative Lifestyles/ Consumer category.
July/ Aug. 2010:
The Wisdom of One — How dissent spurs innovation, creativity, and social justice.
This story/issue won a Gold Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Best Single Article/Feature category and was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Politics & Social Issues/Consumer category.
July–Oct. 2010: Save some, spend some — How behavioral economics explains why spending comes so much easier than saving.
This special issue was nominated for a an Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Best supplement/
March 2010: The joy of dirt — One man's odyssey to retrace and reduce his soil footprint.
This story/issue was nominated for a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Best News Story/Consumer category.
Dec- ember 2009: The solutions we need now — The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference issue
This issue won a Gold Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Supplemental Annual/One-Shot, Full Issue category.
Why We Laugh — A special issue devoted to all things jesting and jocular.
This issue won a Gold Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Best Full Issue category.
New in- sights from be- havioral economics show that altruism rather than avarice is our primary motivation.
This issue won a silver Eddie, the accolades handed out by Folio Magazine, in the Single Article/ Consumer, News/Commentary/General Interest category. This story/issue won a Maggie, the awards handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Politics & Social Issues/ Consumer category and was nominated in the Best News Story/Consumer category.
March 2009: Improve mental health with neuro- feedback How you can train your brain to help reduce stress, enhance creativity and improve mental health.
In Praise of Failure
Failing is among life's least pleasant experiences, but nothing else is as essential to success.
Jul- Aug. 2008: The Silence Issue — Everything you always wanted to know about peace and quiet.
This issue was nominated for two Maggie awards, the accolades handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Lifestyles & Alternative Lifestyles/ Consumer and Special Theme Issue/ Consumer categories.
Jun. 2008: Buddha in the Board- room — Is doing good compatible with making money? It is if you practice spiritual capitalism.
Apr. 2008: Not the same old drive- thru — How new green fast-food chains are serving up burgers and fries to feel good about.
This issue won a Maggie award, the accolades handed out by the Western Publications Association, in the Politics & Social Issues/Consumer category.
©1986-2015 James Geary
“Sometimes, two goldfish in a bowl are enough”
The World Weekly
During 2012, I was the founding editor-in-chief of The World Weekly, a “freemium” international news magazine combining original journalism with curated content from the best publications around the world.
You can read my inaugural editor's letter here.
From September through December of 2012, I co-developed the magazine's editorial formula and edited the first three issues, before taking up my role as the deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
During the same period, I was also an editorial adviser to The European Daily, a new website devoted to covering the news from a distinctly European perspective.
I worked for TIME from 1996–2006, first as a writer, then as senior editor, founding editor of timeeurope.com, deputy editor and ultimately as Europe Editor, responsible for the European edition of the magazine
The Other Face of France
November 21, 2005
Can France bring order to the streets and hope to the restive minorities of the banlieues? (writer/editor)
Streets of Fire
November 14, 2005
Nights of mayhem scorch France’s troubled banlieues and blacken the country’s image of itself (editor)
The Lost Tribes of Europe
August 29, 2005
As national borders blur, the Continent’s original minorities are fighting to reclaim their ancient cultures and identities (writer, cover story)
No Way Out
August 8, 2005
After a massive manhunt, Britain’s suspected suicide bombers are nabbed. But that doesn't mean the threat of more attacks is over (editor)
The Wonders of Europe
Special Issue, July 4-11, 2005
Don’t Mention the War
May 9, 2005
Tony Blair looks set to win what he’s said will be his last campaign. but for many, the Iraq war has tarnished his legacy (editor)
Slaughter of the Innocents
September 13, 2004
Inside the Beslan Siege (senior editor)
July 5, 2004
James Geary joins a crowd of James Joyce devotees on a Bloomsday trek through Dublin in pursuit of the elusive, allusive soul of Ulysses (writer)
A Strike at Europe’s Heart
March 22, 2004
Inside the Madrid train bombings (senior editor)
Living with Risk
July 28, 2003
Science can pinpoint potential dangers from GM foods, mobile phones and household chemicals — but can't tell us if those risks are real. What’s a consumer to do? (writer, cover story)
This article won the British Environment and Media Award in 2004.
Inside the Moscow Siege
November 4, 2002
Why France Is Different
Special Report, April 22, 2002
The Body Electric
March 11, 2002
Scientists are melding computer chips with the human nervous system, allowing people to extend, enhance and repair their senses (writer)
Fast Forward Europe
Special Issue, Winter 2000–2001
A Brief History of the Higgs Hunt
November 13, 2000
Scientists in Switzerland may have solved one of the great mysteries of particle physics. Why should we care? (writer)
The Lying Game
March 13, 2000
How to spot the telltale signs that give away a liar (writer, cover story)
Visions of Europe
Special Issue, Winter 1998–1999
Visions of Europe: In the Fast Lane
Seven years after regaining independence, Estonia is well on its way to joining the E.U.
The New Age of Discovery
Special Issue, Winter 1997–1998
New Age of Discovery: In the Realm of the Senses
Scientists are using advanced computer technologies to extend, enhance and repair the power of the senses
The Undiscovered Country
Death remains life’s ultimate riddle, but is it inevitable? (writer)
October 12, 1998
Europe’s new left must bring its lofty rhetoric down to earth (writer, cover story)
Mad About the Noise
July 27, 1998
Too much noise is driving people mad (writer, cover story)
Back to Babel
July 7, 1997
Half the world’s languages are faced with extinction. Does it matter? (writer, cover story)
May 5, 1997
Scientists are beginning to grasp how memories are made and stored in the brain. Can "memory drugs" be far behind? (writer, cover story)
From 2009 through 2012, I edited this business intelligence and analysis site for the telematics industry.
From 2009 through 2012, I edited this business intelligence and analysis site for the pharmaceutical industry.
From 2006 through 2011, I was a regular contributor to the professional and consumer newsletters published by the CFP Board.
Financial planning and social media:
A user's guide
Financial planning and counseling:
To coach or not to coach
Published ten times a year, Ethical Corporation magazine encourages debate and discussion on responsible business. I was a regular contributor in 2009.
How organized crime is exploiting the waste disposal market.
How Greenpeace and Kimberly-Clark moved from confrontation to collaboration.
SABMiller analyzes how its business impacts developing countries.
Eurostar is reaping the green business benefits of joining forces with Friends of the Earth
Big business has much to gain from partnering with, investing in and sourcing from social enterprises
Saving the Sounds of Silence
James Geary rants and raves about peace and quiet
An interview with Sir John Maddox (1925–2009)
From 1989 to 1996, I lived in Amsterdam and edited a variety of custom-published magazines, including titles on biotechnology, women’s health, the city of Amsterdam, and an annual in-flight magazine for kids. I was also a freelance stringer for Time magazine from 1993 to 1996, covering the hotbed of breaking news that is the Netherlands.