Chris Berdik


Chris Berdik is a freelance science journalist, and a former staff editor at The Atlantic and Mother Jones. His stories have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, the Daily Beast, and New Scientist, among other publications. His radio and multimedia pieces have been featured on, WBUR (Boston's National Public Radio affiliate), and
Chris's stories often explore the intersection of science with law or ethics. Over the years, he has covered an eclectic mix of topics ranging from personal genomics to nuclear whistleblowers to climate engineering. He wrote about the placebo effect (including its non-medical manifestations) for his first book, Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations, which was published by Current, an imprint of Penguin, in 2012.
He has a BA in history and literature from Harvard, an MA in journalism from Stanford, and he received a fellowship from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources in 2000. More on Chris and his work can be found at

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