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Jessica Benko


Jessica Benko

What Doesn't Kill You | A Real Nail Biter

Cathy was almost killed several times... by a thought that she just couldn't get rid of.
This American Life Link to Story

A 4-Track Mind

Bob Milne has a rare ability that has brain researchers scratching their heads.
Radiolab Link to Story

The Electric Mind

Paralyzed and unable to speak after a stroke, Cathy Hutchinson was trapped inside her mind.
The Atavist Link to Story

Imaginary Friends Forever

Maxine, who is eight years old, introduces us to her paracosm: her rich, imaginary world.
Studio 360 Link to Story

Making Better People

What traits could we engineer to “improve” people?
Studio 360 Link to Story

Mind and Machine | The Future of Thinking

Can powerful computers rival the human brain?
World Science Festival Link to Story


Jessica Benko

I am a print and radio journalist interested in the intersection of science and technology with individual human lives. I am also drawn to communities on the margins of society, from the illegal goldmines of the Amazon to the barren tundra of the Arctic. My work can be found in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, This American Life, Radiolab, and elsewhere.