is the guest. His debut novel, Nima
, is available from Unnamed Press.
Popescu is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler
, Playboy, Fast Company, Scientific American, Outside, The Guardian, New Scientist, Los Angeles Magazine
, and others.
His journalism has focused on a wide range, from business, the internet and the arts, to vanishing cultures and wildlife, reporting from places threatened by climate change, globalism, and the march of technology. In 2013, he climbed 18,000 feet up Mount Everest, covering the impact of tourism on the land and local Nepali people for the BBC
. That experience would inspire his debut novel, NIMA
, published in late May, 2019, from Unnamed Press.
He's tracked mountain lions
in urban LA, polar bears
in Northern Canada
, covered Arctic tsunamis
, glacial melt and erosion
, and spent time in drought-plagued East Africa
, places and people at the vanguard of this world shift. Heads of state in Mexico
, politicos tasked with governing alongside narcos, Tibet's exiled leader, the Dalai Lama
, founders of Instagram
, real cyborgs
, all have been interview subjects. He recently profiled Steven Spielberg
for the New York Times
In 2018, Popescu spent weeks in Ladakh
, in search of snow leopards
in India's Himalayas, sailed to the edge of the globe in the Russian High Arctic and into the deceptively placid Pacific waters of the Galapagos, on assignment for Bloomberg, the Washington Post
and New York Times
. A year later, he returned to Ladakh and saw a leopard with the naked eye.
Popescu holds a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a BA in creative writing from Pitzer College. He lives in Los Angeles.
In today's monologue, I talk about my day job and share a special offer.