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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.
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A 4-Track Mind

Bob Milne has a rare ability that has brain researchers scratching their heads.
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Imaginary Friends Forever

Maxine, who is eight years old, introduces us to her paracosm: her rich, imaginary world.
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The world's longest-running artificial intelligence is called AARON. And AARON makes art.
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Reconstructing Viruses

Why would anyone want to re-create the lethal influenza that killed between 50-100M people?
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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.