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Linda Rodriguez McRobbie is an award-winning American journalist, author, and podcaster living in England. So far, she's never met a subject that wasn't interesting: She's covered everything from surprising and unique conditions of memory to stories of alien abduction, DIY DNA labs to junk science laws, the ethics of pet ownership to whether invasive species are really so bad after all. Her written work regularly appears in the Boston Globe Ideas section, The Guardian, Atlas Obscura, and others. In 2023, she worked with independent journalism studio Long Lead to report and write the multiple award-winning People vs. Rubber Bullets, a six-part interactive series on the devastating effects of the use of kinetic impact projectiles, popularly known as rubber bullets. 

As a podcaster, Linda was the host, writer, and researcher of iHeart Media's popular Newton's Law, an eight-episode series on Sir Isaac Newton's surprising second career as Warden of the Royal Mint - and a detective, charged with catching and prosecuting counterfeiters. 

Linda is also the author of Princesses Behaving Badly (Quirk Books 2013), a popular history book telling the stories of some of the most fascinating women to bear the title, and the co-author, along with Dr. Margee Kerr, of Ouch! Why Pain Hurts and Why It Doesn't Have To (Bloomsbury Sigma 2021), an exploration of the weird experience we call pain. 

Recent work

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The People vs. Rubber Bullets

The summer of 2020 saw a staggering rise in the number of injuries resulting from police use of kinetic impact projectiles - but the case against these weapons has been made over and over again in their 50-year history. 

See the six-part interactive project here, at Long Lead

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Newton's Law, an iHeart Original

Sure, you know Isaac Newton, England's most brilliant natural philosopher and mathematician. But do you know about his second career - as England's most ruthless lawman? An eight-episode series on Newton and his struggle to bring a master counterfeiter to justice. 

Listen to the podcast here

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The Man in the Iron Lung

When he was 6, Paul Alexander contracted polio and was paralysed for life. At 74, he was one of the last people in the world still using an iron lung. But after surviving one deadly outbreak, he did not expect to find himself threatened by another.

Read more at The Guardian, in The Long Read

Total Recall: The people who never forget

The story of the discovery of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, an extremely rare condition of memory that cause some rare people to remember every day as well as most people remember yesterday.

Read more at The Guardian, in The Long Read

Should we stop keeping pets?

For some bioethicists, the answer is yes. A look at the argument against the institution of pet ownership. Notably, this article caused... a bit of controversy and was one of the paper's most popular and most commented.

Read more at The Guardian, G2

When babies didn't feel pain

Up until the 1980s, infants routinely underwent major surgery without anaesthetic. Why that happened, as well as modern neuroscience, has crucial implications for how we understand, how we see the pain of others.


Read more at Boston Globe Ideas 

Hawk and the City


Using hawks to control pigeon populations in large cities has a moral neatness - and novelty - that we humans appreciate.

Read more at Boston Globe Ideas 

The Great Fire of London Was Blamed on Religious Terrorism

When the first sparks of the most devastating fire in the city's history started, Londoners didn't think it was an accident. How rumour created a Catholic conspiracy and decades of religious resentment


Read more at 

In Texas, New Law Lets Defendants Fight Bad Science

Scientific evidence can be the most convincing element of a criminal trial. But sometimes it's wrong—and for the first time, a state's justice system has recognized that and adjusted accordingly.


Read more at The Atlantic

The Open-Sorcerers

How some magicians are embracing the open-source ethos – should the Alliance of Magicians care?


How Junk Science And Anti-Lesbian Prejudice Got Four Women Sent to Prison for a Decade


Four Texas women were sent to prison for more than 15 years for a horrible crime they didn't commit. Why was a jury so convinced they could rape two little girls? They're lesbians.


The Strange History of the Ouija Board

Harmless fun, tool of the devil – or fascinating link to the non-conscious mind? And if it's not spirits, how does the Ouija Board really  work?


How Did Clowns Get to Be So Scary?

There’s a word— albeit one not recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary or any psychology manual— for the excessive fear of clowns: Coulrophobia.


The History of Boredom

Why do we get bored? And have we always been doing it?


An American Beat

in Paris

Bunking in a bookstore, where countless literary hopefuls have slept and dreamed before. Why Paris's famous Shakespeare & Co. can still inspire.


American Way



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Princesses Behaving Badly

So, every little girl wants to be a princess? Maybe after reading the stories of these real life princesses, she'll think again.


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