Troy Farah

Writer

Independent journalist and documentary field producer

I’m an independent journalist and documentary field producer from California. I focus on science, health, drug policy, biology, and more. My reporting and criticism have appeared in Smithsonian, Discover, Undark, The Outline, VICE, Motherboard, The Fix, LA Weekly, Phoenix New Times, and many others. I’ve helped produce documentaries for Fusion, AJ+, NBC, Golf Digest, and BNN. I co-host the podcast Narcotica (narcocast.com) and my website is troyfarah.com
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Health Journalism

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theguardian.com
Article
Banned bread: why does the US allow additives that Europe says are unsafe?
May 28th, 2019
arstechnica.com
Article
Forgotten man, forgotten disease—Aniru Conteh and the battle against Lassa fever
January 24th, 2019
undark.org
For Medical Marijuana, Is it the Whole Plant That Matters?
June 27th, 2018
tonic.vice.com
Article
Apologizing All the Time Could Be a Sign of Anxiety
November 14th, 2017
tonic.vice.com
Article
E-Cigarettes Are Dangerous for People Who Don’t Already Smoke
March 14th, 2018
tonic.vice.com
Article
People with Chronic Pain Will Protest the CDC’s Crackdown on Opioids
April 5th, 2018
tonic.vice.com
Article
A Bill That Would Save Lives in Pennsylvania Probably Won't Pass
September 8th, 2017
tonic.vice.com
Article
CBD Could Help People Smoke Fewer Cigarettes
June 13th, 2018

Science Journalism

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undark.org
To Combat Binge Drinking, a Search for Chemical Solutions
April 3rd, 2019
blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
While We Worry About Honeybees, Other Pollinators Are Disappearing
August 3rd, 2018
blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
Drugs from Bugs: Bioprospecting Insects to Fight Superbugs
April 13th, 2018
smithsonianmag.com
Article
Why Did a Venomous Fish Evolve a Glowing Eye Spike?
March 29th, 2018
motherboard.vice.com
Article
A Brief and Beautiful History of Neuroimaging
November 2nd, 2017
blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
Scientists Gave Monkeys Ayahuasca and It Helped Their Depression
March 2nd, 2018
motherboard.vice.com
Article
The Plan to Test Cities’ Sewage for Drugs Is a New Form of Mass Surveillance
January 23rd, 2017
tonic.vice.com
Article
Experts Are Concerned that Kratom Will Become the Next Marijuana
May 1st, 2018

Tech Journalism

8
blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
This Russian Start-up Wants to Put Billboards in Space. Astronomers Aren’t Impressed
January 14th, 2019
blogs.discovermagazine.com
How Do We Get Four Billion People Online?
August 24th, 2018
blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
The Microlaunch Space Race Has Begun
August 7th, 2018
motherboard.vice.com
Article
These Guys Plan to Beam High-Speed Internet to Los Angeles From the Top of a Nearby Hill
February 26th, 2018
motherboard.vice.com
Article
Colorado Wants to Track Weed With Chemicals and the Blockchain
January 24th, 2018
motherboard.vice.com
Article
California Lawmakers Want Twitter Bots Branded With Disclaimers
March 23rd, 2018
blogs.discovermagazine.com
People Think Differently Around Robots — Especially When They're Mean
August 15th, 2018
blogs.discovermagazine.com
A Bleary Unicorn: The Elusive Hangover Cure
May 30th, 2018

Misc. Journalism—Education, Drug Policy, Music

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blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
Meet the Snake That Hunts Birds With a Spider On Its Tail
April 16th, 2019
motherboard.vice.com
Article
Scientists Used Cellphones and Sewage to Pinpoint Neighborhoods With Drug Users
September 21st, 2017
tonic.vice.com
Article
Weed Seems to Protect Your Liver From the Effects of Hard Drinking
February 16th, 2018
blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
Wine And Whines: Listening To Insect Booty Calls To Preserve Vineyards
June 11th, 2018
tonic.vice.com
Article
Why Doesn’t Health Insurance Cover Medical Marijuana?
March 7th, 2018
blogs.discovermagazine.com
Article
MDMA Makes Octopuses Want to Mingle, Too
July 26th, 2018
thefix.com
Article
Can Ketamine Improve ‘Electroshock’ Therapy?
January 23rd, 2018
motherboard.vice.com
Blog Post
The Beekeeper Who Makes Synth Music With His Bee Colonies
January 17th, 2018
chronicleofsocialchange.org
Article
California Bill Would Help More Foster Youth Claim Financial Aid
April 16th, 2018
tonic.vice.com
Article
Even After Overdosing, Most Pain Patients Still Get Opioids
September 26th, 2017
motherboard.vice.com
Article
Kentucky Lawmakers Are Leading the Fight to Federally Legalize Hemp
August 21st, 2017
phoenixnewtimes.com
Article
Here's How Trump's Proposed NEA Budget Cuts Will Affect Arizona Music Organizations
February 8th, 2017
vice.com
Article
An Iraqi Painter Moved to America for a Better Life and Got Robbed Anyway
August 25th, 2014
psychedelictimes.com
Article
Ayahuasca Afterglow — How Post-Trip Mindfulness May Play A Part In Treating Depression
September 20th, 2017
thefix.com
Article
Emerging Drug Threats and the Whac-a-Mole Theory
August 22nd, 2017
vice.com
Article
Flagstaff, Arizona, Is Giving Panhandlers Coupons to Stop Them from Buying Drugs
October 7th, 2014
laweekly.com
Article
YACHT Mess With Fax Machines and Uber to Comment on Modern Technology
October 20th, 2015
phoenixnewtimes.com
Article
Saul Williams Speaks About New Album and How to Remain Subversive
April 24th, 2015
litreactor.com
Article
Dystropia: Examining the Trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
July 19th, 2013
tucsonweekly.com
Article
Weird Al: Parody Pastor
phoenixnewtimes.com
Article
Casa Butthole Record Collective Gives "Weirdo Musicians of Color an Outlet"
January 14th, 2016
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