Maggie Penman

Maggie Penman

Maggie Penman is a reporter and producer for NPR. She got her start in public radio as an intern at WNYC, and has since worked on NPR's flagship show Morning Edition, reported on breaking news for the network, and helped launch the popular social science podcast Hidden Brain.

Her reporting has taken her from the North Dakota Prairie to Berlin, Germany, to a tiny town in Japan called Obama. In 2017, she reported on the German election as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow through the International Center for Journalists.

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The Psychological Forces Behind A Cultural Reckoning: Understanding #MeToo

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Fires And Explosions Reported In Massachusetts Towns

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Even Thomas Edison got it wrong sometimes. In 1890, he marketed this creepy talking doll that was taken off the shelves after just a few weeks. Listen to its horrifying rendition of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs/Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park hide caption

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You 2.0: Originals

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Faneuil Hall's Ties To Slavery Spark Debate In Boston

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You 2.0: Dream Jobs

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Jana Mestecky (left) poses for a cast photo during production of the play Des rats et des hommes, directed by Israel Horovitz (front, third from left). The photo appeared in the French magazine, L'Avant-Scène, in 1994. Courtesy of Jana Mestecky hide caption

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Why Now?

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This frame grab from police bodycam video provided by the Chicago Police Department shows authorities trying to apprehend a suspect (center), who appeared to be armed, Saturday in Chicago. The suspect was fatally shot by police during the confrontation. Chicago Police Department via AP hide caption

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Watch Your Mouth

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A young Maya Shankar. Courtesy of Maya Shankar hide caption

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Fresh Starts

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The Trump administration is halting billions of dollars in payments required under the ACA, citing a district court decision in New Mexico from earlier this year. Insurers say, the timing of the decision could mean higher premiums for millions of individuals and small businesses next year. Nathan Griffith/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Freezes Payments Required By The Affordable Care Act

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