Outside Man

How the producer of the Hangover movies became one of the most effective advocates for prison reform in California.

Author: Jesse Katz
Published: March 1, 2015
Length: 25 minutes (6330 words)
How a 'Snowdenista' Kept the NSA Leaker Hidden in a Moscow Airport

Two years ago, activist and WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison spirited Edward Snowden out of Hong Kong and into safety in Russia, but not before the pair spent nearly six weeks living in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Author: Sara Corbett
Source: Vogue
Published: Feb. 18, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3700 words)
The Bomb in the Bag
How America’s first suicide attack changed one man’s fortune forever.
Author: Jack El-Hai
Source: Longreads
Published: March 4, 2015
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'A Taste of Power': The Woman Who Led the Black Panther Party

Elaine Brown was the first and only woman to lead the male-dominated Black Panther Party. She looks back on Jean Seberg, COINTELPRO, and internal divisions within the organization.

Author: Elaine Brown
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan. 1, 1992
Length: 29 minutes (7440 words)
The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill

A two-year-old girl died just nine months after the government had taken her from her family. Her safety had been outsourced to a for-profit corporation. In this piece, Mother Jones investigates what the death of Alexandria Hill says about the privatization of foster care.

Author: Brian Joseph
Source: Mother Jones
Published: Feb. 26, 2015
Length: 28 minutes (7000 words)
From Guilty Pleasure to Emmy Awards

On the delightfully weird history of Lifetime movies, and how the network has changed over the last 25 years.

Author: Emily Yahr
Published: Jan. 15, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3020 words)
The Rise and Fall of Redbook

Why the shutdown of myRedBook.com—a Bay Area site that catered to sex workers and their clients—actually made sex workers less safe.

Author: Eric Steuer
Source: Wired
Published: Feb. 24, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3289 words)
The First Slavery Museum

For reasons that no one can quite explain, a wealthy white New Orleans man has spent the last fifteen years and more than $8 million of his personal fortune building the first museum in America dedicated to telling the story of slavery.

Author: David Amsden
Published: Feb. 26, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5370 words)
The Art of Agenting

A conversation with literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb about the state of the publishing industry and the problem with NaNoWriMo: "I frankly think that initiatives like National Novel Writing Month are insulting to real writers. We don’t have a National Heart Surgery Month, do we?"

Author: Jonathan Lee
Published: March 2, 2015
Length: 23 minutes (5839 words)
A Psychedelic Murder Story

Hallucinogenic ayahuasca tea has long played a religious role in Brazil, but did it also contribute to the brutal death of a celebrated Brazilian artist?

Published: Feb. 27, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3960 words)
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