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Inside the Box

"After learning to hover you were taught to land, then what to do when an engine failed, then to fly off your instruments in the clouds." A marine learns to fly a helicopter and goes to combat in Afghanistan.
PUBLISHED: July 9, 2014
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2688 words)

Death in Cell 10

How a murder and a suicide at a San Diego County jail became intertwined.

PUBLISHED: June 25, 2014
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2175 words)

Tickets for Restaurants

How the owners of world-class restaurants including Alinea created their own custom ticketing system:

The concept of Next was so far afield of a normal restaurant that it was an opportunity to do something very different with the booking process. Though I hadn’t the faintest idea how we would sell tickets, Grant and I included the line: “Tickets, yes tickets, go on sale soon…” in the announcement ‘trailer’ for Next. That was meant to do three things: 1) gauge the reaction from potential customers; 2) create interest and controversy; 3) force us to actually follow through.

PUBLISHED: June 10, 2014
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6400 words)

Opportunity's Knocks

The fastest growing job in America—working as a nurse aide—is also among the hardest. The reporter follows a single mother hoping to find a stable job and build a better life for her family:

"I'm getting desperate, to be honest," she told her classmates. "I need something good to happen. I'm hoping this might be it."

Her hope was placed in the fastest-growing job in America - cornerstone of the recovery, what government economists referred to as "the opportunity point" in the greatest economy in the world. It was changing bedpans, pushing wheelchairs, cleaning catheters and brushing teeth. Pay was just better than minimum wage. Burnout rates were among the highest of any career.

AUTHOR:Eli Saslow
PUBLISHED: May 31, 2014
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5646 words)

The Other Side of Deportation

An American struggles to prepare for life without her husband.

For the past five months, she had been documenting the gradual unraveling of their lives, in moments both mundane and monumental: the first visit to their home by immigration officers, the delivery of Zunaid’s deportation orders, his final trips to eat American ice cream and watch American basketball. Now only four days remained before he would be sent off to Bangladesh, a deportation that would upend not just one life but two. Zunaid would be forcibly separated from the United States after 20 years; his wife, an American citizen, would be forcibly separated from her husband.

AUTHOR:Eli Saslow
PUBLISHED: May 25, 2014
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2672 words)

Philip Welsh's Simple Life

He chose a low-tech, simple life. Now his lack of a digital footprint is hampering the search for his killer.

By 1 p.m., Philip would leave the small yellow house in Silver Spring where he lived alone. He walked a half-block, waited for the No. 5 bus, took it to his job as a taxi dispatcher, returned home, cooked a late dinner, watched Charlie Rose and went to sleep. He never locked his front door and often left it wide open. Part was defiance. This is how I live. Part was warmth. Anyone is welcome.

AUTHOR:Dan Morse
PUBLISHED: May 6, 2014
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1934 words)

'Ugh. I Miss It.'

Following one veteran's difficult transition from military to civilian life. Reported by Eli Saslow, a 2014 Pulitzer recipient, and part of a multi-part series "examining the effects of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars on the 2.6 million American troops who served and fought":

He had tried to replace the war by working construction, roughnecking in the oil fields and enrolling in community college. He had tried divorce and remarriage; alcohol and drugs; biker gangs and street racing; therapy appointments and trips to a shooting range for what he called “recoil therapy.” He had tried driving two hours to the hospital in Laramie, proclaiming himself in need of help and checking himself in.

On this day, he was on his way to try what he considered the most unlikely solution yet: a 9-to-5 office job as a case worker helping troubled veterans — even though he hated office work and had so far failed to help himself.

AUTHOR:Eli Saslow
PUBLISHED: April 19, 2014
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4890 words)

The Recovery Puzzle

A story about the U.S. recovery. When a factory opens up in Ohio, the person in charge of hiring people for supervisor positions finds it difficult to find the right candidates to fill the roles:

“Dad’s Resume,” Bernie says to himself and shakes his head. He has an idea of what kind of person Dad’s Resume might be: Late 50s, early 60s. Experienced. Possibly down on his luck. The way the document is labeled makes Bernie think that maybe the guy doesn’t know much about computers and had to rely on his kid to attach the application and e-mail it in.

Dad’s Resume, he thinks, might be the quintessential story of what it means to be a job-seeker in 2014, in this time of retraining and specialized skill sets. Maybe Dad’s skills are obsolete. Maybe he’s found his world upended. The economy is creeping back to normal. Maybe he’s putting himself out there again.

Bernie wants to interview four to five candidates for each supervisory position. He makes a list of his top choices. He adds Dad’s Resume. So this guy might not have computer skills. He wants to give him a shot.

PUBLISHED: April 5, 2014
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3288 words)

The Trouble With Shaken Baby Syndrome

After three decades and thousands of accusations and fractured lives, medical and legal experts are challenging shaken baby syndrome as a diagnosis. And as one family's saga demonstrates, we can't wait any longer to get it right.

“Do you have identification?” Robyn asked the woman. No. “A court order?” The largest deputy in the group, maybe six-five, 250 pounds, placed his boot over the doorsill. I’m the court order, he said. They weren’t leaving without Eliana. Robyn scanned the street. At least five patrol cars lined the curb. Every home on the street glowed, the silhouettes of onlooking neighbors framed in the windows. After a 30-minute standoff—the deputies demanding entry into the house, the Felixes refusing—and after tearful phone calls to friends for advice, Robyn woke Eliana in her crib, bundled her, and passed the toddler to the caseworker. The child cried out for Nathan—“My daddy! My daddy!”—and disappeared into the backseat of the caseworker’s car.

PUBLISHED: April 1, 2014
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5447 words)