Mark Herz

WSHU All Things Considered host, reporter

Mark started his romance with journalism in his last year at Yale, where he majored in linguistics. Then, it was on to Columbia for a M.S. at the Graduate School of Journalism, where he reported from ground zero on Sept. 11. A Connecticut native, he was also a newspaper and public radio reporter for a time in Northern Arizona. Mark has won numerous state, regional, and national awards for both his reporting and interviewing. During his time at WSHU he's won national awards in 2013 and 2012. And in 2011, he won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for his series, "Policing the Mentally Ill.”

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Masters & Johnson explored
1:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

'Masters of Sex' author Thomas Maier discusses Masters & Johnson, Showtime series

Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson (left) pose for a photo in San Francisco in 1972. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan (right) portray Masters and Johnson in the Showtime series Masters of Sex.
Credit AP Images

Showtime's Masters of Sex is in its second season. The show dramatizes the lives of pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Actress Lizzy Caplan was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role as Virginia Johnson.

Biographer Thomas Maier wrote the book Masters of Sex, which the TV series is based on. He lives and works on Long Island, where in addition to being an author, he's an investigative reporter for Newsday. He spoke with WSHU's Mark Herz.

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Why the "dropped stitch" reveals, intrigues
10:13 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Dani Shapiro on the "perils and pleasures" of creating

Novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro. She says what keeps us alive, and able to create, is what choreographer Martha Graham called "a queer divine dissatisfaction."
Credit Kate Uhry

All of us may love when a feeling of inspiration infuses our work. Best-selling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro looks back on 20 years of facing the blank page—and teaching others about her craft—and says she's learned that for us all it's really about showing up, and following a trail of "breadcrumbs through a forest," as it were.

WSHU's Mark Herz talks to Shapiro about her latest book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

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Hundreds Now Nesting In Connecticut
4:55 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Once devastated, ospreys now thrive in Long Island Sound

An Osprey brings fish back to its young on its nest in Fairfield, Connecticut. Ospreys generally mate for life.
Credit Anastasia Zinkerman

Ospreys are majestic birds of prey that live along Long Island Sound.

You might see them flying back to their nests high up on platforms—a fish dangling from the talons of their long legs, they glide in on wide wings to feed their young.

But forty years ago, you would’ve had almost no chance to see these eagle-like birds with their 5-foot wingspans.

WSHU's Mark Herz went to the Connecticut Audubon Society in Milford to find out how that happened, and how they’re doing now. 

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After miraculous innovation, tragic loss
9:50 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

New book details the triumphs and hubris of Wright brothers

The Wright brothers live in our minds as American icons . . . and what do we really know about them?

Long Island author Lawrence Goldstone has written a new book about their genius and their missteps. They solved a problem that had stumped great minds for millenia, yet their secretiveness and obsession with their competitors—particularly the greatly innovative, and now little-known Glenn Curtiss—resigned them to be business has-beens.

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Reformers wait. Longer
4:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The ethics attempts of New York's budget

Andrew Cuomo, seated, hands out baseballs to Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, from left, Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, during a news conference and budget bill signing ceremony.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this years $140 billion budget Tuesday. It includes a property tax rebate for homeowners, increased education aid, pre-k funding, and also some ethics reforms. We've been air stories on the education and tax policies, but to here about ethics reforms WSHU's Charles Lane is here.  

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