Blaise Zerega

Blaise Zerega is managing editor of Alta. An award-winning writer and editor, his journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, WIRED, Conde Nast Portfolio, Forbes, and other publications. His short stories and poems also have won several honors. Blaise's media appearances include such television shows as “Today” and “The View” as well as programs on NPR and CNN. He attended the United States Military Academy, New York University, and received a Michener Fellowship for fiction writing from the University of Texas.

Fiction Picks for Winter 2020

These four fiction selections are worthy additions to your nightstand. 

Replica of the Russian satellite Sputnik.

Like ‘a Falling Star’ from Outer Space

Delve into the mystery of Sputnik, a $50,000 reward, and a possible government conspiracy.

Podcast Boom

Alta managing editor Blaise Zerega looks at the rapidly growing popularity of podcasts — and what that means for the future of this very intimate medium.

Mothering Up, Wyoming Range, 2014; Inset: “100 Years 100 Ranchers” (2012).

Beauty and Grit on Arizona’s Ranches

Known for his arresting portraits of ranchers and the West, Scott T. Baxter's work is in the collection of several museums — and the Spring 2019 Issue of Alta.

How We Listen Now: The Podcast Boom

As advertising brings in revenue, will listeners be left behind?

Vi headphones by LifeBeam, a new kind of wearable exercise aid, provide training instructions tailored to an individual’s particular workout needs.

Getting Help in Working It Out

Hearables, wearables and magic pills are arriving to make it easier to exercise — or even to avoid it.

Hot Spot

The fires that devastated Santa Rosa last fall followed an all-too-familiar pattern, raising questions about zoning and development policies.

The airship that passed over Sacramento Tuesday evening, as described by scores of eyewitnesses.

Sacramento’s E.T.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… what IS that thing? In 1896, it was the talk of Sacramento, and it remains a mystery to this day.

James Vlahos exchanges texts with the Dadbot he created to simulate his late father, in a screen grab from a video produced by Wired magazine. The video, which is available on YouTube, can be seen here:

Virtual Immortality

Your loved ones may be gone, but you can keep talking with them. Bots are the next best thing to having them there.

Farm workers harvest spinach near Coachella. President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration could worsen the state’s shortage of agricultural labor.

Hard Labor

President Trump’s immigration crackdown threatens to exacerbate an already acute agricultural labor shortage in California. But so far, the crackdown hasn’t really happened.

Sally Peacock, owner of the Vanishing Point Ranch in Bolinas, and friends.

The Good Horses of Vanishing Point Ranch

On the coastline in Bolinas, north of San Francisco, Sally Peacock is fighting a battle to save her family’s 70-acre horse ranch from encroaching gentrification of the tiny town around it.

Voice assistant word map

Alexa, Please Be My Friend

As we become more reliant on artificially intelligent, voice-activated helpers like Alexa, Siri and Cortana, are we in danger of giving up our humanity?

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