Jordan Michael Smith
All the Terrible Things Republicans Used to Say About Nelson Mandela
December 06, 2013
Reaganites called him a terrorist and a phony.
Mel Lastman made racist remarks, fathered love children, and threatened reporters—and Toronto loved him.
Where DNA Doesn't Count
February 08, 2013
Will Kentucky finally give non-death row prisoners the right to test old evidence?
Wonk Rock: Why Do So Many of Washington DC’s Politicos Play in Bands?
February 04, 2012
Midnight nears on a Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hotel, a nightclub in northeast Washington, D.C. The front row of the crowd is lined with attractive women. Clad in jeans and a flannel shirt, drummer Jim Arkedis bashes his drums onstage to a cover of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.” Arkedis’s band The Electric 11s is headlining the show. Blue Pinto, the indie opening act, shares little of The 11s’ classic rock sound.
Canadian Attack on Downtown DC Foiled
September 24, 2009
Jordan Michael Smith is a writer living in D.C. For Lieutenant-Colonel Doug Martin, the idea was perfect. The Canadian military attaché wanted to set up a mock Afghan village in front of the Canadian embassy in downtown DC. There would be simulated IED blasts, armed soldiers, and Afghan actors faking critical wounds. And the blasts would first go off in the middle of the day, just in time for lunch. “I came up with it on my own,” Martin said.