Seventy-Two Hours Under the Heat Dome

“A chronicle of a slow-motion climate disaster that became one of Oregon’s deadliest calamities.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 11, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,453 words)

The Shooting of John T. Williams, 10 Years Later

“A decade ago, Seattle police officer Ian Birk shot and killed a well-known Native woodcarver in the community — because he carried a pocketknife. Today, his older brother Rick Williams reflects on his unjust death.”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 26, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,887 words)

A Week at the Epicenter of America’s Coronavirus Crisis

James Ross Gardner on the past week of life and the first deaths in Seattle — the first city to feel the effects of Covid-19 in America. “Every avoidance felt like an act of heroism. You told yourself you were saving lives, and you were probably right.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 13, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,544 words)

The Octopus from Outer Space

James Ross Gardner explores the Pacific Northwest’s evolving relationship with the octopus and how they’ve gone from dangerous “devil-fish” bent on drowning unsuspecting sea goers to intensely curious, suction-cupped wonders. With nine brains — one in their head and one in each of their eight arms — octopuses are thought to be the most intelligent invertebrates on earth, capable of deep connection with humans.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Dec 2, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,520 words)

In the Straits: The Story of the Inmate Turned Millionaire Turned Lone Survivor

“He was a convicted felon who found a niche in Seattle’s construction boom. As the region’s fortunes rose and fell—and rose again—so did his. Then a fatal boating accident came for Michael Powers’s fairy-tale ending.”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,840 words)

A Song of Shadow and Light

“The Tacoma Refugee Choir formed to reach out to the most vulnerable. Its founder didn’t anticipate its impact on her—or her city.”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: May 28, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,086 words)

A Rumor in Madrona

Before Info Wars or Pizzagate, a right-wing conspiracy theory led to the murder of a prominent Seattle lawyer.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Oct 23, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,980 words)

The Russian Spies Who Fooled Seattle

Before Russian espionage became part of our daily news diet, Russia was already working to infiltrate American politics and life, and few Americans noticed that its undercover agents lived among us.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Oct 30, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,291 words)

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

On the surprising social arrangements and habits of crows, who recognize and remember individual people and hold funerals to honor their dead — a phenomenon that is helping scientists like Kaeli Swift to understand how intelligent creatures process death. Feed a crow and she will gift you with keys and candy — tokens of her appreciation. Treat her poorly and she and her corvid compatriots may mob you on sight.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: May 17, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,280 words)

Meet the Gay Mormon Men (and Their Wives) Beseeching SCOTUS to Save ‘Traditional’ Marriage

Gardner travels to Utah to talk to Danny Caldwell—a gay Mormon married to a woman named Erin—to try to understand why they are part of an amicus brief contesting the constitutional legalization of gay marriage.

Published: Jun 17, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3,293 words)