Joshua Hersh

Joshua Hersh is a freelance writer who lives in Beirut. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, and the New York Times.

  • Lebanon's Unlikely Microbrewed Beers

    How did a bumbling beer enthusiast with no brewing experience bring stout and red ales to the Middle East?

  • The Allure of Unripe Fruit

    An American in Beirut notices something surprising about local food tastes: the people there like unripe fruit. His mission: to find out why. He consults with the most respected food authorities in the area, then does a little unscientific research of his own.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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