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Me talking to people on television

I'm a culture correspondent for Vice News Tonight on HBO. To me, 'culture' means anything that keeps you on your couch, or makes you want to get up off it. So: everything.

Here's some of my favorite segments below. You can see more here.

The Risk of Carfentanil

Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Hard News Feature Story in a Newscast.

We visited an Ohio county that was experiencing 20-25 overdoses a day. That's bad enough without the carfentanil's sudden appearance in the heroin supply. The synthetic opioid is so potent that two milligrams could kill 100 people. We talked with an addict who knows the risks, but says that getting high is still worth it.

Japan: Death by Overwork and 'Premium Friday'

There's two issues here: the Japanese government's efforts to reduce the phenomenon of karoshi (death by overwork), and Premium Friday, a kinda-sorta-but-not-totally-related campaign to combat long working hours by encouraging businesses to let their employees off a couple hours earlier on the last Friday of every month. 

The Last Library Just Closed In Douglas County, Oregon (HBO)

Voters in rural Douglas County, Oregon were faced with a simple choice: raise property taxes by a few dollars a month per household, or close down their entire library system. They voted against the tax increase, all 12 of the branches in the county shut their doors.

We were there the day the last library closed.

Higher Brothers

The Higher Brothers are a four-man hip-hop group based in China and named after an appliance company, and they want to make it in the U.S. I flew to Chengdu to hang out with them.

The underground weed market

 California is now poised to become the world’s largest legal weed marketplace. But some underground growers aren't happy about that. November 2016.

Rachel Dolezal: VICE News Tonight on HBO (Full Segment)

I hung out with Rachel Dolezal in her home and art studio to discuss her memoir, "In Full Color."