Cody Nelson is a journalist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has appeared in The Guardian, NPR, Capital & Main, and elsewhere. Before moving to the high desert, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio for several years. His website is

All Stories by Cody Nelson

October 19, 2021

Unlocking the power of psilocybin with music

Johns Hopkins researchers are using a 1960s-era music lineup, replete with mostly classical and instrumental pieces, as part of their study into how the chemical compound in ‘magic mushrooms’ can treat adults with severe depression.

September 6, 2021

Small town battles 50 years of unchecked flooding issues

Every time it rains in Centreville, Illinois, it floods. Residents’ yards fill with stormwater, toilet paper, and even raw sewage. Meet some of the people who are trying to do something about this recurring public health and human rights disaster — just a 15-minute drive outside St. Louis.

May 7, 2021

Helping health workers take better care of each other

Dr. Mark Greenawald turned his experience with trauma in medicine into a new online service where healthcare workers use a buddy system to take stock of their peers’ mental health.

May 3, 2021

Scientists construct new uses for billions of discarded masks

Littered face masks and other PPE are an emerging environmental crisis. Some researchers have found a way to repurpose masks in road-building materials but now they need industry to take note and use the technology.

April 13, 2021

Taos Pueblo won back its sacred lake after long battle

It’s rare for Indigenous tribes to have their land returned, but it is possible. The story of one Pueblo in New Mexico shows how difficult and how meaningful it is for Native communities to get back their land.