Behind the Scenes at a Five-Star Hotel

For years, employees of the Pierre enjoyed some of the most enviable union jobs in New York City. Then the pandemic brought it all to an abrupt halt.

Source: New Yorker
Published: Mar 15, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,631 words)

A Transit Worker’s Survival Story

“Driving a New York City bus during a pandemic and an uprising.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 24, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,800 words)

Prepping for Parole

A group of volunteers is helping incarcerated people negotiate a system that is all but broken.

Source: New Yorker
Published: Nov 25, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,000 words)

How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration

On Chicago’s Southside, Clarissa Glenn worked for ten years to get her husband out of prison after crooked cops planted evidence on him. Her efforts ended up overturning thirty-two other convictions.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 28, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,630 words)

Fighting for the Poor Under Trump

A profile of 28-year-old New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay elected official in the Bronx and the youngest elected official in the city. Torres—who grew up in a Bronx housing project across the street from a former garbage dump that is now a Trump-owned golf course—has been fighting for the poor as chair of the Committee on Public Housing.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 9, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,699 words)

Home Free

How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 13, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,588 words)

A Daughter’s Death

After the murder of his daughter, a father sets out to find ways to stop the cycle of violence in his community.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 28, 2015
Length: 36 minutes (9,244 words)

The Wrong Way

On Oct. 3, 2013, 34-year-old Miriam Carey drove through a White House checkpoint while her one-year-old daughter sat in the back of her car. A car chase ensued, and Carey ended up dead. Gonnerman traces the incident, revealing that Miriam had been diagnosed with “postpartum depression with psychosis” and showing how a media circus distorted the tragedy as it occurred.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Mar 12, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,003 words)

Before the Law

A story about a crippled legal system: Sixteen-year-old Kalief Browder spent three years imprisoned on Rikers Island on robbery charges with shaky evidence. His case never went to trial.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 29, 2014
Length: 28 minutes (7,016 words)

‘Did Your Father Touch You?”’

A daughter regrets the lie that sent her father to prison:

When he asks Chaneya why she told officials at the medical clinic that her father had sexually assaulted her, she gives the same answer three times: “I don’t know.”

When he asks what she’d say to the judge if he interrogated her about why she lied, she doesn’t quite answer the question, instead saying, “I want my father to come back home.”

The interview ends after 25 minutes, but then her grandmother asks one final question: Where did the story that she told on the witness stand come from?

“I just made it up,” she says.

Published: Dec 29, 2013
Length: 22 minutes (5,595 words)