“I Don’t Know That I Would Even Call it Meth Anymore”

“Soon, tons of P2P meth were moving north, without any letup, and the price of meth collapsed. But there was more to the story than higher volume. Ephedrine meth tended to damage people gradually, over years. With the switchover to P2P meth, that damage seemed to accelerate, especially damage to the brain.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 30 minutes (7,655 words)

Eat, Prey, Love: A Day with the Squirrel Hawkers of East Texas

“Of  all the red-tailed hawks that have ever soared on a Texas breeze, only one gets to live in Charlie Alvis’s house, at least during the winter hunting season. ‘My bird has its own bedroom,’ said Alvis, a falconer who’s based in the unincorporated community of Porter, just beyond the northern outskirts of Houston.”

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 15, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,032 words)

No Other Option

“Across the country, medical boards allow abusive doctors to keep seeing patients. And patients addicted to opioids keep going back.”

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Oct 4, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,650 words)

Learning to Live with Durians Again

“It is a strange sort of alienation, when you make the life-changing decision to return home, only to suspect that you no longer belong.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,075 words)

Chiamaka Okoli Was a Rarity in Physics. She Challenged Norms Until Her Untimely Death.

“On the day Chiamaka died, many mourned the loss of a bright physicist, some mourned the loss of a friend or family member, while others mourned for her husband and young son. Felix mourned for all of these reasons, but especially for Chiamaka and all the life she did not get to live.”

Source: Broadview
Published: Sep 20, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,753 words)

He Calls Himself the ‘American Sheriff.’ Whose Law Is He Following?

“Charismatic and ambitious, Mark Lamb embodies a new kind of Trump-era lawman.”

Source: Politico
Published: Oct 15, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,600 words)

The Reckoning: Rape Culture and the Crisis in British Schools

“After Scarlett Mansfield collated 200 accounts of sexual harassment, inspectors put her former school on notice. Could it be the first of many?”

Source: New Statesman
Published: Oct 6, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,740 words)

A Very Big Little Country

“Today, there are nearly 100 active micronations around the world, although the number fluctuates frequently. They engage in diplomacy, have feuds, military uniforms, and self-fashioned leaders with opulent titles, because—well, why not?”

Source: AFAR
Published: Oct 13, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,919 words)

A Jim Crow–Era Murder. A Family Secret. Decades Later, What Does Justice Look Like?

“Today, the official records of these older killings are often inaccurate. If they aren’t corrected soon, the true stories may never come out; many witnesses to the crimes of the Jim Crow era are aging and dying.”

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,715 words)

A Man Divided: F Scott Fitzgerald and the Birth of Gatsby

Through the narrator Nick, Fitzgerald describes the nightmarish, soul destroying, drunken despair of the mortgaged millions trapped in the conformist suburban sprawl financing their personal versions of the dream on hire purchase.”

Author: Sean Smith
Source: The Independent
Published: Oct 17, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,881 words)