Beware the Open-Plan Kitchen

Almost a decade after the speculation-driven financial crisis of 2008, the success of HGTV’s aspirational real-estate programming proves that house-flipping culture is alive, well, and potentially dangerous.

Source: Vulture
Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,879 words)

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World

How the legendary internet fact-finding site snopes.com came to be, and how a messy divorce and ownership and control squabbles have threatened the site’s existence.

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,873 words)

Camping With Kids: A Non-Primer

A personal essay in which Reid Doughten recalls not realizing until too late that taking his toddlers camping while his wife worked the weekend shift was bad idea.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 22, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,073 words)

Gone Baby Gone

A new breed of online real estate speculator is capitalizing on abandoned properties and people who can’t pay their mortgages, and it’s bad for you and the country.

Published: Sep 19, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,741 words)

These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War

Danielle McNally profiles the female Air Force missileers protecting the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal. There are now enough women in their ranks that sometimes all of the missileers on duty are female.

Source: Marie Claire
Published: Sep 8, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

Loyalty Nearly Killed My Beehive

When a queen bee dies on a Brooklyn rooftop, an amateur beekeeper follows (and meddles with) the bumpy succession process.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Sep 21, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,020 words)

How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution

There’s a new underground railroad to Canada. Through a safe house network, the Canadian government has been spiriting away gay Chechen men who face honor killings at their hands of their family. In this conservative Russian republic, the government not only looks away from these heinous crimes, it encourages them.

Published: Sep 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,701 words)

A High-End Mover Dishes on Truckstop Hierarchy, Rich People, and Moby Dick

On the beauty and burdens of the long haul. An excerpt from The Long Haul, by Finn Murphy.

Published: Sep 21, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,883 words)

Children Under Fire

Nearly two dozen children are shot every day in the U.S. John Woodrow Cox follows the story of one of these children, 4-year-old Carter “Quis” Hill, who was shot in the head during a road rage incident.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Sep 15, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,526 words)

My Father the Werewolf

One man searches for insight into his father’s severe depression through the horror stories they enjoyed together, and he celebrates their loving, complicated relationship.

Source: Folks
Published: Sep 11, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,142 words)