This week, we’re sharing stories by Ijeoma Oluo, Michael Hall, Erika Hayasaki, Jerry Saltz, and Caren Chesler.
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Ijeoma Oluo | The Stranger | April 19, 2017 | 17 minutes (4,300 words)
Ijeoma Oluo traveled to Spokane, Washington, to sit at a kitchen table with Rachel Dolezal, who is jobless and living in a month-to-month rental, hoping her new book will start something, anything, to get money coming in.
Michael Hall | Texas Monthly | March 2017 | 34 minutes (8,622 words)
For nearly 40 years, Kerry Max Cook fought to clear his name after being wrongfully convicted in a murder case. So why did he ask for his conviction back? Michael Hall reports on what happened to an innocent man after spending years in prison.
Erika Hayasaki | Wired | Apr 18, 2017 | 19 minutes (4,961 words)
Steven Pete has a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to feel pain. Pam Costa has the opposite neurological condition — she feels pain constantly, as if her body is on fire. They both share a genetic link that has helped scientists understand why we experience pain and how to treat it.
Jerry Saltz | Vulture | Apr 17, 2017 | 17 minutes (4,391 words)
Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine’s senior art critic, revisits his own short career as a Dante-obsessed artist in late-seventies Chicago.
Caren Chesler | Popular Mechanics | Apr 13, 2017 | 14 minutes (3,555 words)
Horseshoe crab blood is an irreplaceable medical marvel — biomedical companies bleed 500,000 of them every year. Can this creature that’s been around since the dinosaurs be saved?