This Isn’t the California I Married

“The honeymoon’s over for its residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?”

Published: Jan 3, 2022
Length: 24 minutes (6,115 words)

The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try.

“A climate scientist spent years trying to get people to pay attention to the disaster ahead. His wife is exhausted. His older son thinks there’s no future. And nobody but him will use the outdoor toilet he built to shrink his carbon footprint.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jan 25, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,374 words)

They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?

Why is California burning? “We dug ourselves into a deep, dangerous fuel imbalance due to one simple fact. We live in a Mediterranean climate that’s designed to burn, and we’ve prevented it from burning anywhere close to enough for well over a hundred years.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Aug 28, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,327 words)

Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?

“How the first Williams sister changed the course of women’s tennis.”

Published: Aug 22, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,586 words)

He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There.

“Max Harris did chores and collected rent at the artists’ warehouse where he lived. Now he faces trial for the deaths at a concert there — including some of his close friends.”

Published: Dec 12, 2018
Length: 45 minutes (11,312 words)

Raising a Teenage Daughter

For The California Sunday‘s “Teens Issue,” Elizabeth Weil writes about raising a teenage daughter. The piece is annotated by her 15-year-old daughter, Hannah W. Duane.

Published: Nov 30, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,684 words)

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives

Meet the schemers, investors, and dreamers who were bewitched by a big green rock that might not actually be worth anything.

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 2, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,487 words)

What Really Happened to Baby Johan

After a father drops his three-month-old son, a family tragedy becomes a criminal case that raises questions about controversial nature of shaken baby syndrome.

Source: Matter
Published: Feb 2, 2015
Length: 30 minutes (7,565 words)

Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?

In situations where girls are showing signs of puberty as early as age 6, should parents fight it with drug treatments, or figure out ways for the child and parents to understand and accept what is happening?

“‘I would have a long conversation with her family, show them all the data,’ Greenspan continues. Once she has gone through what she calls ‘the proc­ess of normalizing’ — a process intended to replace anxiety with statistics — she has rarely had a family continue to insist on puberty-arresting drugs. Indeed, most parents learn to cope with the changes and help their daughters adjust too. One mother described for me buying a drawer full of football shirts, at her third-grade daughter’s request, to hide her maturing body. Another reminded her daughter that it’s O.K. to act her age. ‘It’s like when you have a really big toddler and people expect the kid to talk in full sentences. People look at my daughter and say, “Look at those cheekbones!” We have to remind her: “You may look 12, but you’re 9. It’s O.K. to lose your cool and stomp your feet.” ‘ “

Published: Mar 30, 2012
Length: 18 minutes (4,560 words)

Married (Happily) With Issues

I have a pretty good marriage. It could be better. There are things about my husband that drive me crazy. Last spring he cut apart a frozen pig’s head with his compound miter saw in our basement. He needed the head to fit into a pot so that he could make pork stock. I’m no saint of a spouse, either.

Published: Dec 1, 2009
Length: 9 minutes (2,436 words)