The Battle for the Soul of San Francisco

From its economy to its geology, California has always been a place of dynamic upheaval, but as more affluent residents move into San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, tensions rise. One minister’s inclusive, politically charged church not only offers services to the area’s disenfranchised, it helps the Bay’s tech workers get to know their new neighbors and integrate themselves more constructively into the fabric of Tenderloin life.

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 7, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,250 words)

What It’s Like to Rent a Friend in Tokyo

Colin investigates an unlikely Japanese service: the booming rent-a-friend industry.

Source: AFAR
Published: Feb 19, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,047 words)

Excerpt: The Hollywood Producer Who Survived Catastrophe

This is a Hollywood story, and it starts simply: A car drives through the streets of Los Angeles. It is March 2, 1994, and behind the wheel sits a man who has found a level of success that eludes the desperate majority here. Simon Lewis is a film producer and, at 35, an accomplished one. His is not a household name, but it is becoming an industry one. He makes light stuff mostly, and brings it in on time.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Aug 26, 2011
Length: 6 minutes (1,660 words)