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This is Caroline Sommers

I just edited a new sizzle reel. In preparation, I re-watched dozens of my old (and some new) stories, trying to suss out a few of my favorite moments. In the process, I was struck by how many different skills a television producer brings to the table. These skills ...

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A Living Nightmare

You know those nights when you can't quite fall asleep, but you're not awake either? A half-state somewhere between dream, nightmare and wakefulness? Imagine if every night were like that—for days, weeks, months on end. It only ends one way: death, within 12-18 months. There's a name for ...

So many shakshukas, so few Sundays

I'm obsessed with Shakshuka [/ʃakˈʃuːkə/; Arabic: شكشوكة‎, Hebrew: שקשוקה‎, a North African and Israeli dish that can be eaten for brekkie, lunch or dinner, that features poached eggs over a simmering sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions and is spiced with cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper. Along with ...

Long-lost sisters

A few days after Thanksgiving 2017 my mother suffered a head injury just damaging enough to kick her Alzheimer’s into high gear. She spent a week in the hospital and then, too broken and disoriented to come home, she was sent to a nearby nursing home for rehab. ...

Tattoos and Body Modification

Tattoos? That’s kid stuff. An inside look at body modification, including piercing and stretching the skin, ritual scarification, a/k/a searing a tattoo into the skin with a scalpel, and another activity involving MEAT HOOKS. Read on…

Secrets of SEAL Team 6

If anyone dumped me into a pool with my hands tied behind my back I’d be dead within minutes. But that’s standard operating practice for Navy SEALs in training. Not only that but they have to retrieve items from the bottom of the pool besides.

Why Planes Crash: Breaking Point

What happens when a 747 reaches its breaking point? This. An in-depth analysis with graphic animations of several accidents, including the deadliest single-aircraft plane crash in history, which left 520 of 524 dead.

Why Planes Crash: Brace for Impact

Everyone knows about Sully and the plane he put into the Hudson. Bet you didn’t know there have been many other commercial airliners that have gone down in the water. (The technical term is “ditching.”) Here are some of those stories.

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