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Humans Being Jordan Calhoun


Jordan Calhoun unearths deeper meanings in popular movies, books, TV shows, and more.

My Family of Conspiracists

My Family of Conspiracists

In the new docuseries ‘Shadowland,’ Atlantic journalists consider how to address widespread conspiratorial thinking. But maybe conspiracists can’t be helped.

I’m Jordan and I like stories. And I hope you do too, because I think stories are one of the most important engines for understanding and improving ourselves and others.

Before becoming a writer, I worked in nonprofits and served in the Peace Corps. Before that, I was a kid who watched an absurd amount of cartoons. My plan was to join the Foreign Service and live a life abroad, but I abandoned those plans to write and never looked back. (To my knowledge, the Foreign Service hasn’t made a single good cartoon.)

I have a B.A. in sociology and criminal justice, a B.S. in psychology, and a master’s degree in public policy. I’m editor in chief at the site Lifehacker and host of the podcast The Upgrade. My forthcoming book, Piccolo Is Black, is about growing up without diverse representation in media and the mental hurdles many of us leapt over to see ourselves in the stories we loved. It will be available for pre-order December 2. I live in New York City.

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