The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—an early predecessor of the Drug Enforcement Administration—targeted jazz, and Lady Day herself.

Source: Politico
Published: Jan 17, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,380 words)

How Gays Helped Make and Remake America

The American right presents homosexuality as something alien to the American experience—an intruder that inexplicably gate-crashed America in 1969 in the form of a rioting drag queen clutching a high heel in her fist as a weapon. The statements of Michele Bachman, Rick Santorum, or Mitt Romney insistently hint that the fag does not belong under the flag. But there’s something odd here. For people who talk incessantly about honoring American history, they have built a historical picture of their country that can only be sustained by scrubbing it clean of a significant part of the population, and everything they brought to the party (if not the Tea Party).

Source: Slate
Published: May 23, 2011
Length: 9 minutes (2,344 words)

Blood, rage & history: The world’s first terrorists

We think of jihadism as a modern creation, but a major new TV film reveals how the 19th-century anarchist movement was equally nihilistic – and equally deadly.

Source: Independent
Published: Oct 12, 2009
Length: 24 minutes (6,069 words)

The dark side of Dubai

Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports

Source: The Independent
Published: Apr 7, 2009
Length: 35 minutes (8,766 words)