The Firm That Grew Too Fast

Success catapulted Providence Equity Partners from a boutique into a megafund, but then a string of risky bets nearly destroyed the private equity firm. Can they rise again?

Published: April 24, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2470 words)
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Source: Longreads
Published: April 24, 2015
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Published: April 24, 2015
How a Long-Lost L.A. Home Was Found 1,770 Miles Away

Revered Californias architects Greene & Greene built the house in Hollywood just four years into the twentieth century. So how did it end up being rediscovered in Canada in the early 1970's, derelict and abandoned?

Author: Steve Vaught
Published: April 21, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3800 words)
Town Waiting for an Eruption Found It After Firing Its First Black Police Officer
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Author: Eli Saslow
Published: April 18, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5278 words)
A Goodbye to Ambien in Dubai

"My stomach drops. I specifically Google “Ambien in Dubai.” I discover it's illegal there. Of course it is. Even people who come with their pills in the prescription bottle and a note from their doctor? Jail time. It's a gray area, some people say on the message boards. I am pretty sure “Gray Area” is not a term used in Sharia Law. (I have been following Amanda Knox since day one and she is innocent.) I’d rather not do a real life reenactment of Brokedown Palace. I don't want to be a story people learn from. Why is this alarming? Amy, don't you know you're not supposed to take Ambien every night? Yes, yes I have heard that. But no one ever told me that if you take it every night and want to get off of it, the withdrawal is comparable to that of heroin."

Author: Amy Schumer
Source: The Hairpin
Published: July 19, 2011
Length: 13 minutes (3376 words)
The Skin I'm In

A black Canadian man reflects on a lifetime of police interrogations and the high social cost of police carding.

Author: Desmond Cole
Source: Toronto Life
Published: April 21, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4700 words)
War for Hire

A look at the largely unregulated multi-billion dollar private security industry, and its implications.

Published: April 22, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2870 words)
Exile of the Bohemians

A brief history of the Bohemian, and whether artists in San Francisco have a future.

Author: Ian S. Port
Published: April 23, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5330 words)
Bank of the Underworld

Liberty Reserve was a digital currency somewhat similar to bitcoin. Users could also store their money in the system making it, in effect, a bank, a digital currency, and a payment method in one. Was it also a global money-laundering operation?

Author: Jake Halpern
Source: The Atlantic
Published: April 21, 2015
Length: 30 minutes (7550 words)
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