The Priest of Abu Ghraib

“I wish to end the delusion that good is gained by evil means, or that even maintaining my own economic and physical security is something to be defended by means of violence. I believe that idea to be a lie.”

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Jan 2, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,785 words)

Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’

Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood is the East Coast’s largest open-air drug market whose strong, inexpensive heroin attracts drug users from all over the country. Some locals commute there to score. Some work as guides, helping visitors shop and procure clean needles. The overdose rate is high. Rape, murder, and violence are common. Dead bodies end up in the bushes. As one user put it: “People think we are having fun down here. Are you insane? I live under a bridge.” The city doesn’t know what to do about it.

Published: Oct 11, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,076 words)

‘I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking’

Five years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, a husband is still searching the sea for his missing wife, joined by a father looking for his daughter.

Published: Aug 2, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,140 words)

How Rival Gardens of Eden in Iraq Survived ISIS, Dwindling Tourists, And Each Other

Against all odds, Iraq’s religious tourism infrastructure has endured.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 10, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,132 words)