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)