Jordan Michael Smith

Want to Be Happy? Stop Being So Cheap!
An interview with the authors of an enormous new study of generosity
September 21, 2014

It's all about generosity. 

All the Terrible Things Republicans Used to Say About Nelson Mandela
Reaganites called him a terrorist and a phony
December 06, 2013

Reaganites called him a terrorist and a phony.

Meet the Offensive, Adulterous Toronto Mayor Who Paved the Way for Rob Ford
November 18, 2013

Mel Lastman made racist remarks, fathered love children, and threatened reporters—and Toronto loved him.

Where DNA Doesn't Count
Will Kentucky finally give non-death row prisoners the right to test old evidence?
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.