FEATURE STORIES

Wal-Mart Battles Labels Over CD Prices Rolling Stone, October 28, 2004
The nation’s biggest record retailer wants to sell CDs at al 3,400 of its stores for less than $10, and record companies don’t like it.

Double Trouble Bullseye, August 2003
Outkast’s new album delivers the best of both worlds

CD Burning: How the Labels are Trying to Stop YouRolling Stone, June 20, 2002
Fans protest as the record labels experiment with copy-protecting music

Get Condit! The Anatomy of a Prime-Time Seduction Inside.com, August 22, 2001
Networks call it ‘the Get,’ the relentless courting of a sizzling subject, who finally grants an exclusive on-air interview. PLUS: A comprehensive ratings chart, from Monica to Woody to the Unabomber.

Once a Cheap Date, Reality TV Bites Into Network BudgetsInside.com, August 6, 2001
Programming costs soar with outlandish gimmicks and contestant stampede; NBC may set new show in outer space.

Prince of All MediaInside Magazine, March 30, 2001
Just in time for the post-Napster world, the eccentric purple one has unveiled a new music subscription site. Does his NPG Music Club have the funk to lead artists into revolution?

O-Town: Building the Perfect Boy BandInside Magazine, January 31, 2001
An unapologetically prefab fivesome culled from 1,800 hopefuls on an ABC reality show is the most cunningly marketed, cross-platformed boy band ever. Can the efforts of Clive Davis, teen-pop impresario Lou Pearlman and radio giant Clear Channel create the new ‘N Sync? Band debuts at #5 on this week’s charts.

With Radiohead’s Kid A, Capitol Busts Out of Big-Time Slump. (Thanks, Napster.) Inside.com, October 11, 2000
The band that would not be promoted oddly finds itself at the top of the charts as a record company in the dumps tries harnessing the power of the Internet.

Chicago ChicagoThe Costco Connection, November 1998.
Travel story extolling Chicago despite its false bravado.

A Couch Potato FactorU.S.News & World Report, May 25, 1998
The drop in property crime may owe less to gates and alarms than to cable TV watching.

Home WreckersThe New Republic, November 24, 1997
Who’s partly to blame for the latest au pair murder? Congress.

Kid Looks Like the Mailman?U.S.News & World Report, January 27, 1997
Find your true father at the growing number of DNA testing clinics.

Need Work? Go to JailU.S.News & World Report, December 9, 1996
Prison labor exists in America too. Here’s how corporations are going behind bars to employ low-paid workers.

A Farewell to REMsWashington City Paper, May 4, 1990
For $600 and a stack of TV dinners, I sold my body to science.