Watch it here.



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I talked to Dave Marash on his Santa Fe, NM, radio program for a full hour about Antarctica, exploration, the science of ice and melting ice shelves, climate change, sea level rise, penguins and much much miore. Listen in here.

Nina Burleigh on The Last WordThis was a fun exchange.

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Watch. Of course, the power of words and images is exactly why the assassins went into the offices of Charlie Hebdo today. Sticks and stones break bones, but words and images change minds-- images like the satirical pictures that the murdered French cartoonists excelled at scratching out on blank sheets of paper.

Those images are what the gunmen wanted to eradicate. But they wanted to destroy something else, too: wit and laughter, a sense of the ridiculous, the freedom to think, to read what one wants, to wear what one wants, to live and work and bear children how and where and when one wants, and the freedom to speak truth to power.

Many men and certainly most women on this planet will never have power. That's why speaking truth to power is so important. And why laughing at power should be a human right.


On CNN on Iraq

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After ISIS took over Mosul, Nina Burleigh talked about Iraq on CNN here.

Nina Burleigh on CNN.jpegNina Burleigh talked to Chris Cuomo about the latest ruling in the Amanda Knox case, and the motivazione released by Judge Nencini of Florence.

I tried, in the time allotted, to explain why the latest ruling out of Italy contains no news, and makes even less sense than the original conviction, which was based on poorly conducted CSI and relied on the testimony of a man with, literally, Meredith Kercher's blood on his hands.

For the record, when I talk about this, I am not serving as Amanda Knox's advocate. I am simply explaining what I learned from my research, performed to the best of my abilities as an investigative journalist, and which I present in a book that I hope not only explains the case, but the circus around it, and why the case became such a media phenomenon.

And, I think I'm right, Here's the clip and the New Day blog about it.

Nina Burleigh on MSNBCNina Burleigh participated in an MSNBC roundtable discussion to discuss her Rolling Stone article on Obama, Syria and the President's restrained foreign policy style. The links are here, here, here and here.


I talked to Brooke Gladstone about my book, and the role the media has played in the Amanda Knox case. Listen.



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Nina Burleigh CNNWith the re-conviction, apparently the Italians are working on Amanda Knox, the Opera.

Here, for CNN, is my take on the latest re-conviction.

Nina BurleighKatja Meier, a Swiss expat living in Tuscany, writes about the region in which she's made her home. She interviewed me about my almost-month residency in Siena, we talked about expeditions, biking, shopping, Italian literature, climate, art and cheese.

Here's the link.

Nina BurleighSiena, with its medieval reliquaries, including Saint Catherines skull and index finger, was the perfect setting in which to discuss the Jerusalem relic forgery trial that put archaeology in the dock. Here's an article on it, for you Italophiles.


SIENA. Nel 2002, un collezionista Israeliano rivelò l'esistenza di un ossario con un'iscrizione - "Giacomo, figlio di Giuseppe, fratello di Gesù" - che catalizzò  l'attenzione del mondo accademico, scientifico e religioso: poteva trattarsi della prima prova archeologica dell'esistenza di Gesù. Ma dopo due anni, le autorità Israeliane lo dichiararono un falso - "la frode del secolo" - dando il via ad un'indagine che ha rimesso in discussione l'autenticità di centinaia di altri reperti dell'era biblica.

Prende le mosse da questa vicenda e la racconta dal punto di vista di due dei principali protagonisti, un detective e un archeologo, il libro Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land (2008), che l'autrice, la giornalista investigativa e scrittrice statunitense Nina Burleigh, visiting artist del Siena Art Institute per il mese di novembre, presenterà a "StARTers - Assaggi d'arte" martedì 5 novembre alle 18 (via Tommaso Pendola, 37, Siena - ingresso libero).

Nina BurleighFellow writer Deborah Kalb has a books-and-authors blog on which she interviews writers and she honored me with one of her Q and A's. She asked some thoughtful questions about working in the Middle East, and researching Amanda Knox and Mary Pinchot Meyer. Here is the interview. I highly recommend looking at some of her other interviews, with the likes of Jodi Picoult and Nathaniel Philbrick as well.

I talked with Author Central about how I write. Watch here.

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We used to watch Sky News in the cafes of Italy and the tabacs of France. They interviewed me recently about the Amanda Knox trial. Here's the link.

sull.jpegI did an interview with our local Callicoon newspaper some years back. The reporter, Jeanne Sager, now has her own blog called The Stir, on Cafe Mom, and she's generally cool and brilliant. You can read her blog here.

And the interview, where we talked about Mary Pinchot Meyer, Ben Bradlee, CIA, James Smithson, living in Paris, writing, and researching like Nancy Drew - and having our great little babies, is right here.

Nina Burleigh MirageListen to Nina Burleigh talking to Leonard Lopate on WNYC about her book, Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt, and hear about the curious characters in the history of science who helped the West uncover ancient  Egypt. Listen here

Nina BurleighI was truly honored to be invited to speak at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago on archaeological forgery, the James Ossuary case and the Syro-Palestinian-Judaica relic trade.
It was a thrill to be there. I wanted to be an archaeologist as a kid and I spent some childhood years playing in the backyard of the OI in Hyde Park.

Click here to watch the talk.

Nina BurleighI talked with NY attorney Jim Zirin for half an hour about Italy, superstition, women in the media and Amanda Knox. View it here.

The New York Times ran a feature on me and the book. It was nice to be noticed by the paper of record, I don't agree that I was an "advocate" for thoroughly investigating the story and they picked a screen shot from the day when it was 108 in NYC and I had a 2-hairspray-can updo, so I'm attaching a better tv picture here to make me feel better.
I talked with John Hockenberry and co. on New York's NPR here.


I participated a little bit in this project, and you can watch the excellent CBS investigation here.

Big props to Susan Zirinsky and producers Doug Longhini and Sara Ely Hulse, and Peter Van Sant, for the work they did bringing to light the problems in the Amanda Knox case early on. More than anyone, these professionals laid the groundwork for really investigating the case.

Bravo to all.


The Lessons


Some of the lessons we can take away from the Amanda Knox story, in the San Francisco Chronicle.

timelogo.gifAn article on the media, in Time.

The Scapegoat

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The Superstition

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My friends out in San Francisco at published this Q and A on writing The Fatal Gift, in which I talked about Perugia, the press and corresponding with Amanda Knox.

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Discussing the book on GMA.
Discussing the Amanda Knox case on Today.
My MSNBC interview on the Amanda Knox case.
An NPR foreign correspondent pal of mine used to have a list of seven ways for journalists to grow old gracefully. His premise, which is self-evident to anyone who's been a reporter, was that daily news was an undignified thing to be doing in your 40s. I can't remember the whole of the list. It included writing op-eds for your newspaper (which seemed more or less like retirement), teaching journalism at a university (also retirement, but somewhat scorned by other hacks), and maybe the seventh was dieing. Undoubtedly the most prestigious way to proceed, according to that list, was to write nonfiction books. Nina Burleigh has a most graceful career, indeed. Read more at The Man of Twists and Turns.
Kent Gustavson Ph.D. interviews Nina Burleigh about Unholy Business and other events and projects in the author's life.
Investigative reporter Nina Burleigh talked about the James Ossuary and other contentious archaeological 'finds' from the Holy Land. Many of the archaeological digs in Israel are being financed and carried out by Fundamentalist Christians, Burleigh said. The person who crafted the James Ossuary played into their desire to find ancient objects that could confirm the validity of Scripture, she noted.
Nina Burleigh speaking about Unholy Business at the Explorers Club in New York

Unholy Business: Chicago-bred writer Nina Burleigh discusses her latest book, religion, and the ugly side of journalism with Sean Redmond
Watch Nina's interview about her book, The Stranger and the Statesman at C-span