From The Daily Beast's David Sessions, a collection of stories on gun violence and policy in the U.S., featuring The Atlantic, Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek and Mother Jones.
The story of Olympian Hope Solo, the U.S. women's soccer star whose childhood and difficult relationship with her father—who spent time in jail for kidnapping her and her brother—shaped who she would become:
"Solo’s last childhood memory of her father is from the following year. One day he reappeared in Richland, begging to take Hope and her older brother Marcus to a nearby baseball game. 'Then we just kept driving, over the mountains, all the way to Seattle,' she recalls. 'We got a hotel room with a pool. We felt like we were living the life. Then I remember waking up one morning, and my dad is like, "Baby Hope, your mom just called, and she said you can stay another three days." And I remember being like, "I didn’t hear the phone ring." Right then, I knew that something wasn’t right.'
"A day or two later, a SWAT team surrounded Solo in a downtown Seattle bank, 'put him in the back of a police car, and hauled him off,' leaving Hope and Marcus 'alone and scared on the streets of a big city,' she recalls. Before long, Child Protective Services showed up, and Judy wasn’t far behind. But Hope refused to forgive her mother for alerting the authorities. 'I remember not talking to her the whole ride home,' she says. 'My dad was sitting in jail. I was a confused little girl.'"
PUBLISHED: July 16, 2012
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4101 words)
Astra Woodcraft was seven when she indoctrinated into the Church of Scientology via an arm of the church known as Sea Org. What she endured, and how she escaped:
"One of my first jobs as an official member of the Sea Org was in the security department, meaning I had to make sure people obeyed church rules and ethics. It seemed that people were always in some kind of trouble—the place felt ruled by fear. You could get in trouble for random things; for instance, someone might question why there were so many loose papers on your desk. Another thing you could get in trouble for: masturbation. Early on in my new job, I had to sit down with a man in his 40s who had admitted to masturbating, and tell him to cut it out. I was 15 years old."
PUBLISHED: July 6, 2012
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2614 words)
Life as a mob boss's girlfriend:
"By the early 1990s, Stanley began to crack under the years of control and psychological domination. She and Bulger were arguing constantly, sometimes violently, at home and in public. Once, at a wedding party, Teresa was approached by Bulger’s partner, Flemmi, who said, 'Teresa, I know you and Jimmy are going through a rough patch, but there’s something you need to understand. That man will never let you go.'
"Stanley felt trapped. She went into a deep depression. She had become financially and emotionally dependent on Bulger; she could see no way out. Then, the 'other woman' entered the picture.
"Stanley was home alone one night when she got a call. An unfamiliar female voice said, 'I think we need to talk.'"
PUBLISHED: June 11, 2012
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4368 words)
Resuscitating a battered newsweekly in 2011 is a tough bit of business. Last year, The Daily Beast and Newsweek lost a combined $30 million. Ad page numbers tell how difficult it is, too: Newsweek’s ad page performance between April to September was down 18 percent, according to the Publishers Information Bureau quarterly report. This is easy to dismiss (what isn’t down these days!) — but Time is up 4 percent for the year, The Economist is flat and Newsweek is competing, year-over-year, against a version of itself that had an ownership change, a lame duck editor and a very uncertain future.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 18, 2011
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2094 words)
The site's internal numbers show that page views for October were up just 6 percent, to 83.6 million, and unique visitors were down 21 percent -- growing pains as the site weans itself from longtime traffic teat MSN.com and develops its own, more clicky readers. Over the same time period, Gawker has more than doubled its audience, and the Huffington Post has a global readership roughly three times as large. Through October, the Daily Beast racked up publicity with long, will-they-or-won't-they talks of a merger with Newsweek. When media people talk about the future of publishing online, in other words, they don't talk about the site with the 12-year-old CMS.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 10, 2010
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2304 words)
In this exclusive excerpt from The Council of Dads, Bruce Feiler, having just been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, asks a dear friend to be a father to his young twin daughters. Plus: Read how Bruce Feiler formed The Council of Dads.
PUBLISHED: April 27, 2010
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1593 words)
As Afghanistan’s president is inaugurated for his second term, author Christina Lamb, his former neighbor, on his transformation from an affable bon vivant to a paranoid shut-in.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 18, 2009
LENGTH: 32 minutes (8066 words)
The Daily Beast has obtained the speeches Sarah Palin planned to deliver on Election Night 2008—win or lose. Read the words the McCain camp didn’t want her to say.
PUBLISHED: Nov. 1, 2009
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5558 words)