Catherine Winter is a freelance reporter and editor, as well as senior producer of The Really Big Questions, a program that explores questions that intrigue scientists and philosophers. She edits documentaries for American RadioWorks, the national documentary unit of American Public Media.
Catherine has won dozens of national awards, including the Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel, and the Casey Medal. She has a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught journalism and media law and ethics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she received the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award. She is a beekeeper and a master gardener.
Lifestyle & Belief
Is love, romantic love, a universal emotion? In the West, it often seems we live, die and even kill for love. Love is passionate, foolish and cherished. But in many cultures, arranged marriages are the norm and romantic love is, well, disruptive. It turns out people across the globe feel romantic love, but they don't necessarily act on it.
Lifestyle & Belief
Some say science is taking the romance out of romantic love through brain research. Maybe so, but Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs says perhaps that's what we need to find happiness. He's all for rational romance, and offers some "rational" Valentines you can send to that special someone.
Science, Tech & Environment
In the wake of the the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan two years ago, a great deal of radiation was released into the atmosphere. So a group of Japanese residents set out to determine where the radiation was, block-by-block. Now they hope to do the same thing for air pollution in two U.S. cities.
A post-Fukushima effort to crowdsource radiation data in Japan has since become the largest source of radiation data in the country. And it's now set to expand to other parts of the world. Catherine Winter reports from Tokyo.
Arts, Culture & Media
Japanese banker Tsuyoshi Yoshiwara hardly fits today's caricature of a greedy, soulless banker. Instead, he campaigns against nuclear power, pays himself a modest salary and says compassion should be his company's key virtue.