The Coal Plant Next Door

“Near America’s largest coal-fired power plant, toxins are showing up in drinking water and people have fallen ill. Thousands of pages of internal documents show how one giant energy company plans to avoid the cleanup costs.”

Author: Max Blau
Source: ProPublica
Published: Mar 22, 2021
Length: 39 minutes (9,852 words)


A fatal overdose, a stunning coincidence, and a mother’s long quest to heal.

Author: Max Blau
Source: The Atavist
Published: Mar 31, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,000 words)

Lightning, Struck: How an Atlanta Neighborhood Died on the Altar of Super Bowl Dreams

Thirty years ago, the entire community of Lightning, in Atlanta’s west side, was destroyed to build the Georgia Dome. This oral history, told by the residents that were displaced, compiles the stories and memories of a long-gone neighborhood.

Author: Max Blau
Published: Jan 22, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,051 words)

The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous

Pitchfork looks at the life and work of the late musician Mark Linkous.

Author: Max Blau
Source: Pitchfork
Published: Nov 4, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,652 words)

Jason Molina’s Long Dark Blues

The Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. front man was talented, prolific and a “balladeer of heartbreak.” Max Blau chronicles his career and tragic descent into alcoholism.

Author: Max Blau
Source: Chicago Reader
Published: Oct 1, 2014
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)