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1. The Rookie and the Zetas

Joe Tone | Dallas Observer | April 1, 2015 | 27 minutes (6,940 words)

How the Feds took down a drug cartel’s horse-racing empire.

2. Unfreed

Robert Kolker | The Marshall Project | April 7, 2015 | 22 minutes (5,603 words)

A clerical error freed a man from prison 88 years early—and then sent him back five years and eight months later after he found a stable job and started a family. This story was co-produced by Matter.

3. The Great Cocaine Treasure Hunt

Daniel Riley | GQ | March 31, 2015 | 28 minutes (7,206 words)

A man finds a million dollars’ worth of cocaine washed up on a beach and buries it. A group goes in search of it years later.

4. The Assistant Economy

Francesca Mari | Dissent | April 7, 2015 | 17 minutes (4,432 words)

The low-paid labor that keeps our most accomplished artists and leaders running on time.

5. When in Roma

Peter Simek | SB Nation | April 8, 2015 | 33 minutes (8,400 words)

Two American owners are discovering the frightening passion that rules Italian soccer.