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.

Published: May 8, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,250 words)

‘Chris Harrison Is One of the Smoothest Motherf—ers I’ve Ever Met’

A very funny, thoughtful profile of The Bachelor‘s longtime host, now divorced and pondering the meaning of relationships.

Source: GQ
Published: Jan 3, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4,591 words)

Are You Woman Enough for the UFC?

Taffy Brodesser-Akner embeds with the intense female fighters of the UFC.

Source: Matter
Published: Dec 9, 2014
Length: 31 minutes (7,840 words)

The Leftovers

Paula Deen is making millions as a martyr.

Source: Matter
Published: Sep 29, 2014
Length: 28 minutes (7,198 words)

Can Jill Soloway Do Justice to the Trans Movement?

Taffy Brodesser-Akner profiles Jill Soloway, whose new show “Transparent” centers around a family whose patriarch comes out as transgender. Soloway strives to create a truly inclusive environment on her set, complete with gender-neutral bathrooms and a “transfirmative action program,” which favors the hiring of transgender candidates over nontransgender ones.

Published: Aug 28, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2,722 words)