Scott Huler has written on everything from the death penalty to bikini waxing, from NASCAR racing to the stealth bomber, for such newspapers as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Times and such magazines as Backpacker, Fortune, and Child. His award-winning radio work has been heard on "All Things Considered" and "Day to Day" on National Public Radio and on "Marketplace" and "Splendid Table" on American Public Media.

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  On the Grid
  A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and
  the Systems that Make our World Work

Wires, pipes, roads, and water support the lives we lead, but the average person doesn't know where they go or even how they work. Our systems of infrastructure are not only shrouded in mystery, many are woefully out of date. In On the Grid, Scott Huler takes the time to understand the systems that sustain our way of life, starting from his own quarter of an acre in North Carolina and traveling as far as Ancient Rome.

Each chapter follows one element of infrastructure to its source -- or to its outlet. Huler visits power plants, watches new asphalt pavement being laid, and traces a drop of water backward from his faucet to the Gulf of Mexico and then a drop of his wastewater out to the Atlantic. Huler reaches out to guides along the way, both the workers who operate these systems and the people who plan them.

Mesmerizing and often hilarious, On the Grid brings infrastructure to life and details the ins and outs of our civilization with fascinating, back-to-basics information about the systems we all depend on.

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Still Here, But Look for Me Somewhere Else
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Greetings, readers. For some months now I've been doing my blogging at Plugged-In, on the Scientific American Bloggers Network, and at the site of the Piedmont Laureate, which I'm proud to be for 2011. So please check those sites for my most recent thoughts, though this site still provides thorough information about me, my books, and my other work. . . [More]

From the The Reverse Angle Podcast

The Mighty Shamas

Hanukkah is a kind of crazy holiday, with a bunch of stories about miracles the people sort of pretend to believe. Here’s another one, which I believed for a long time but turned out to be not quite as true as I thought it was.

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No-Man's Lands

Click here to see Scott's own photos of his epic journey.

Click here to see Scott's well-traveled copy of The Odyssey.

Click here to see what Scott brought back.

An illustrated map of his journey can be found here.

Listen to the NPR commentary that started it all where Scott Huler officially gives up on Ulysses.

In this commentary, Scott Huler finds himself, against his better judgment, "Stuck in Dublin with the Bloomsday Blues."

Defining the Wind

Listen to the NPR commentary on the Beaufort Scale.

Listen to an interview about Defining the Wind from The State of Things on WUNC radio.

Listen to an interview about Defining the Wind from "Talk of the Nation" on NPR.

A Little Bit Sideways

Listen to a commentary about the attempted gentrification of NASCAR.

Scott Huler Q&A

Click here for 8 questions with Scott Huler.


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