Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular?

“Twenty-five years after his death, the painter who gave us ‘happy little trees’ is more ubiquitous than ever.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 28, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,330 words)

The Cartel Next Door

Inside the $1 million plot to execute—in broad daylight—the attorney of a Mexican cartel boss, and the subsequent investigation, which ranged from south of the border to Florida and Texas, to solve the murder.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 21, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,038 words)

My Brother, the Murderer

A woman provides a new suspect for a 45-year-old murder mystery.

Source: D Magazine
Published: Jan 1, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,129 words)

The Scapegoat

“When I called someone, it was, ‘This is Mary Mapes with 60 Minutes,’ ” she says. “After I got fired, it was, ‘This is Mary Mapes with no one.’ ”

Source: D Magazine
Published: Oct 29, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,494 words)

The High Life and Fast Times of Jim Dent

The story of an admired Texas writer, his life derailed by alcoholism.

Source: D Magazine
Published: Aug 3, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,122 words)

Inside the Story of Ethan Couch and the ‘Affluenza’ Phenomenon

On June 15, 2013, an inebriated 16-year-old named Ethan Crouch slammed into four people with his truck, killing them instantly. During his sentencing hearing a psychologist infamously blamed his bad behavior on “affluenza,” a portmanteau describing the psychological problems that can affect children who come from money. Mooney takes us behind the story.

Source: D Magazine
Published: Apr 27, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,576 words)

How Not to Get Away With Murder

Frank Howard hired a hit man—and then his extended family and their friends—to kill his wife. The criminals repeatedly told the police about their harebrained plans, who didn’t believe them. And then everything unraveled.

Source: D Magazine
Published: Nov 26, 2014
Length: 24 minutes (6,218 words)

A Changed Woman

Amanda Barbour endured 10 years of conversion therapy. But she finally got her dream wedding.

Source: D Magazine
Published: Sep 6, 2014
Length: 17 minutes (4,363 words)

Colten Moore Returns to the Mountaintop

The story of Caleb and Colten Moore—two talented brothers who competed in the X Games doing tricks on snowmobiles. After Caleb died in a competition, Colten had to learn to move on without his older brother, whom he looked up to all his life:

Wade was not enthusiastic about their desire to ride freestyle. They’d already spent so much time and money on racing and some of those stunts seemed so crazy. But soon Caleb had an agent who wanted to pay him to perform in arenas all over the world. The shows were full of pyrotechnics and heavy metal and, on occasion, monster trucks. And at every opportunity, Caleb would tell his agent about his little brother and all the fantastic tricks he could do. When he finally convinced someone to give Colten a shot, he then had to convince Colten that he could do it. Colten actually crashed in his first show, but Caleb was relentless with both his little brother and the promoters, and Colten eventually got another shot. Every time her sons left home, Michele would remind them to take care of each other.

Source: D Magazine
Published: Apr 1, 2014
Length: 21 minutes (5,417 words)

The Millionaire Couple Who Will End Divorce

Inside couples counseling with Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt:

Harville and Helen take turns talking and clicking through a PowerPoint that includes slides in both English and Spanish. Helen explains that half the people here tonight are the “draggers,” the other half are the “draggees,” and that it will actually be that second group that’s more excited by the end of the workshop. “See,” she says. “Your partner already decided that you’re the problem.”

Harville goes over what couples generally want from a relationship, which he boils down to: safety, a connected feeling, and joy. Helen explains that even if we forget everything else, they hope we remember three things. One idea: that childhood influences marriages. One skill: the ability to have safe conversations. One decision: a commitment to zero negativity.

We both bristle a bit at that last one.

Source: D Magazine
Published: Feb 11, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4,893 words)