I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them

At a time of unprecedented mass extinctions, no animal epitomizes the global biodiversity free fall more than the Asian elephant. Paul Kvinta travels to Laos to visit a moon-shot project aimed at saving the country’s 400 remaining wild behemoths, investigate the strange underworld of wildlife trafficking—and make a very unexpected purchase.

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 12, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,300 words)

‘American Horror Story’: The Prison Voices you Don’t Hear from Have the Most to Tell Us

The Montgomery Advertiser interviewed more than two dozen inmates in the Alabama correction system, all of whom report extreme routine violence and “unhinged” drug-induced behavior among some inmates — often against elderly and vulnerable members of the prison population. Rehabilitation is impossible, they say with little access to programs, while guards remain indifferent at best, refusing to enforce prison rules, or at worst, helping to perpetrate heinous acts.

Published: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,590 words)

Go Back To Your Country, They Said

A new HuffPost database explores the moral emergency of hate in the Trump era.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Nov 4, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)

The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder

Jerrold Haas was on the brink of blockchain riches. Then his body was found in the woods of southern Ohio.

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 14, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,500 words)

I went to a convention for politics nerds and it filled me with dread, loathing, and existential terror.

At Politicon, politics is understood not as a means by which to improve lives, but as blood sport.

Author: Eve Peyser
Published: Nov 12, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,200 words)

The Problem With Crime Junkie

One of the hottest podcasts in the country has built a seven-figure business telling stories about true crime. Too bad the tales aren’t its own.

Author: Adam Wren
Published: Nov 7, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,200 words)

On a Finnish Archipelago, Moving Through Sorrow

The beauty and calm of the Aland Islands are deceptive. Isolation encourages contemplation—but can it, as one grieving mother wonders, offer respite as well?

Author: Yiyun Li
Published: Nov 12, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

Hundreds of Florida Inmates Are Serving Drug Sentences No Longer in State Law

Jomari DeLeon, a mother of three, is serving the third year of a 15-year sentence for selling 48 prescription tablets to an undercover cop — a severe penalty that’s a result of Florida’s “tough on crime” laws passed in the 1990s. Lawmakers now view those old drug sentencing laws as going too far, and have passed new legislation to give lighter sentences for those selling prescription drugs. Unfortunately for DeLeon, the new laws do not retroactively apply to her case.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,265 words)

The High-Stakes Race to Breed Cannabis With 0% THC

Weed can make you laugh, but the challenges to CBD growers aren’t funny.

Source: Medium
Published: Nov 11, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,939 words)

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Drinking the Lead-Poisoned Water

The physical and congitive effects of lead poisoning on students require special education interventions that are difficult for struggling schools to provide.

Published: Nov 6, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,706 words)