In Finland: a leak, a fire, and a massive expansion of government surveillance

On a Sunday afternoon the week before Christmas, journalist Laura Halminen smashed her laptop with a hammer, causing it to spark and smoke. Her actions set off a chain of events that lead to one of the biggest debates about security and press freedom in Finnish history.

This story aired on PRI's America Abroad on the episode "Document Leaks: The consequences of revealing secrets."

Ghost Story

When Julie Metz's husband died suddenly, she was devastated. But it wasn't long before she realized she wasn't alone. This story aired on Women of the Hour hosted by Lena Dunham, on the episode "Solitude."

The Queen Rania Tree

Ghazi Albuliwi’s parents wanted him to get married in the traditional Arab way. He thought it was a bad idea. They were about to find out who was right.

This piece originally aired on Israel Story and later on Snap Judgment.

Wardrobe Malfunction - Israel Story Live Show

At Israel's 50th independence day celebration in 1998, a controversy around a dance company's costumes led to a massive political debate that nearly brought down the government. 

This is from a live performance with the podcast Israel Story. Maya Orchin choreographed and performed the dance.

Rabin is Dead

Aliza Goren, the woman closest to the scene of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, talks about standing in the operating room, looking at a dead prime minister. Matan Dishon, an IDF soldier on a distant mountain in southern Lebanon, describes what it's like to be at war and slowly discover that your leader is dead.

Original score by Collin Oldham. This piece aired on Israel Story as part of a special episode dedicated to the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 20th anniversary of his assassination.


A Green Beret describes what it's like to adjust to home life after a deployment. This story aired on PRI's America Abroad on the episode "Warrior Diplomats: A look into US special operations."

The Missing Moms

Tali Griffel has been searching for a mother for most of her life, ever since she lost not one, but two moms — each in very different ways. 

This piece aired on Israel Story.

A little white lie 

Think your dating life is tough? Try being an Arab, Muslim man after 9/11 in New York City. 

This story is about the time that Ghazi Albuliwi pretended to be a Jew on J-Date.

Produced with Anna Sussman and Joe Rosenberg, with sound design by Leon Morimoto.