The Ideal Iceland May Only Exist in Your Mind

Taffy Brodesser-Akner goes to Iceland in search of relief and discovers that the island nation, with its quirky puffins and lunar landscape and crowds upon crowds of American tourists, lends itself well to the pursuit of escape.

Source: AFAR
Published: Jun 13, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)

The High Price of Leaving the Ultra-Orthodox Life

Footsteps is an organization the formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews, or those thinking about leaving their strict religious communities. Each week the members struggle with issues of sex, modesty, whether they should stay with their religious spouses, kiss on a first date, or even eat the non-kosher pizza provided at meetings.

Published: Mar 30, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

Tom Hiddleston on Taylor Swift, Heartbreak, and Great Bolognese

A profile of the English actor, who displays an intense enthusiasm for seemingly everything in his life, and who appears to remain deeply affected by the loss of a recent relationship.

Source: GQ
Published: Feb 8, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,284 words)

Tom Ford on Sex, Death, and Penetration

An interview with perfectionist fashion designer and now two-time filmmaker Tom Ford, whose “Nocturnal Animals,” starting Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, is now in theaters.

Source: GQ
Published: Dec 2, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,868 words)

Are You Ready to Meet Your Fixer Uppers?

Home renovation shows package the American dream from anxiety-riddled nightmare to easily-digestible entertainment. In this profile of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” Taffy Brodesser-Akner goes long on how the couple works together and how they’ve managed to rebrand Waco, Texas as a place not of tragedy, but of shiplap and dreams.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Sep 21, 2016
Length: 36 minutes (9,143 words)

Marie Kondo and the Ruthless War on Stuff

Brodesser-Akner profiles Marie Kondo, the best-selling Japanese author has started a formal training program for her organizing methods. Kondo has devoted followers, but also many detractors from the National Association of Professional Organizers, who find her methods too draconian.

Published: Jul 6, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,753 words)

Water’s Edge

The story of Bill May, the most accomplished male synchronized swimmer in the sport’s history. Synchronized swimming has been reluctant to include men until recent years, when it allowed mixed-gender as a world championship event.

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 30, 2016
Length: 44 minutes (11,144 words)

The Most Haunted Road in America

Ghost boy, cannibals, disappearing trucks: A journey into the darkness of New Jersey to uncover the mysteries of Clinton Road.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Oct 27, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4,944 words)

Searching for Sugar Daddy

A very blunt and humorous examination of the sugar daddy/baby dynamic.

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 27, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,429 words)

Where Would the Kardashians Be Without Kris Jenner?

The matriarch of reality TV’s most famous family has done more than just create a strange new form of family business—she’s changed the nature of celebrity.

Source: New York Times
Published: May 8, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,250 words)