Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, and former staff writer for Distillations. Jacob has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University. Previously he worked as an intern at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, as a development assistant at St. James School in Philadelphia, and as an intern at Distillations.

More from Jacob Roberts

The Dual Legacies of Henry Moseley

After transforming the periodic table should the promising young scientist have been allowed to fight in World War I?

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The Parasites in Our Past

Lice can tell us a lot about who we are and where we came from.

Nor Any Drop to Drink

Drought drove American pursuit of desalination in the mid-20th century. Now a changing climate has compelled nations around the world to embrace the double-eged technology.

The Mystery of Yellow Rain

After the Vietnam War a mysterious yellow substance rained down from the skies of Southeast Asia. Was it a chemical weapon or something stranger?

Cat Craze

Do cats mess with your brain?

Fit as a Fiddle: The Remarkable Lives of Cremonese Violins

About half of the 1,100 instruments made by master luthier Antonio Stradivari have been lost or destroyed in the past 300 years. Should the instruments that remain be played or preserved?