Alex Prud'hommeWhile I have written investigative and hard-news stories about business, crime and politics, I am equally drawn to stories about food, art and popular culture.  In this sampling of my work, I cover everything from terrorism (Forewarned) to kitchen design (“A Tribute to Julia Child and Her Kitchens”), Monster Trucks (“Wheels of Fortune”), video games (“Zombies”), biotechnology (The Cell Game), and murder (“Should Johnny Paul Penry Die?”).


France is a feast
A book of intimate, evocative photographs taken by Paul Child, France is a Feast documents how he and his wife Julia explored France, its people, and la cuisine Francaise between 1948-54. Living in Paris and Marseille — where he worked at a cultural attaché – inspired Julia’s seminal cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), and her career …
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Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of …
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My Life in France
Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbookMastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in this bestselling memoir, she was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, who was to work for the USIS, she spoke no French …
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The Ripple Effect
Will there be enough drinkable water to satisfy future demand? What is the state of our water infrastructure—both the pipes that bring us freshwater and the levees that keep it out? How secure is our water supply from natural disasters and terrorist attacks? Can we create new sources for our water supply through scientific innovation? Is water a right like air or a commodity like oil?
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“It began with a promising cancer drug, the brainchild of a gifted researcher, and grew into an insider trading scandal that ensnared one of America’s most successful women. The story of ImClone Systems and its “miracle” cancer drug, Erbitux, is the quintessential business saga of the late 1990s. It’s the story of big money and cutting-edgescience, celebrity, greed, and slipshod business practices…”
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Constantly in the news and the subject of much public debate, fracking, as it is known for short, is one of the most promising yet controversial methods of extracting natural gas and oil. Today, 90 percent of natural gas wells use fracking. Though highly effective, the process-which fractures rock with pressurized fluid-has been criticized for polluting land, air, and water, and endangering human health.
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Consider these two scenarios: (1) Warned of an impending terrorist attack, Americans endure disruptive security measures—or simply stay home and hide. By day’s end, it doesn’t matter: A plane carrying a “dirty” bomb has crashed in Los Angeles, killing tens of thousands of people; (2) After an alert, Americans face strict yet sensible and efficient security, before a suspect is arrested and an attack averted.
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The New Yorker

Vanity Fair


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Whittle Special Reports/ Sport




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