The Fair Park Lie

“Fifty years ago, Dallas officials forced 300 families out of their homes, promising improvements the whole city would enjoy. The real plan: replace Black people with concrete.”

Author: Zac Crain
Source: D Magazine
Published: Nov 1, 2021
Length: 33 minutes (8,400 words)

The Depths She’ll Reach

“Sunken by grief, Alenka Artnik found herself alone on a bridge, contemplating suicide. Ten years later, she is the world’s greatest female freediver and getting stronger with each record-breaking plunge. How one woman emerged from mental health struggles to push the limits of the human body.”

Author: Xan Rice
Source: Long Lead
Published: Nov 18, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

Keanu Reeves Knows the Secrets of the Universe

“Guy’s always working—sixty-eight movies in thirty-five years. Playing killing machines, doofuses, romantics, messiahs, and devils. But always Keanu. Which always means something more.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 22, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,248 words)

The Wave of Body Positivity Is Finally Coming to Surfing

“Another reason for surfing’s lag behind the times may simply be that, until recently, it could languish in the obscurity that comes with being a relatively tiny, navel-gazing subculture.”

Source: Outside
Published: Nov 17, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,673 words)

Infiltrating Amazon: What I Learned Going Undercover at the Corporate Giant

“As 9 a.m. loomed, with workers getting pressured by supervisors, assistants, and managers, we would scurry to stow faster, lifting heavier and heavier bags, finding whatever way to meet our quotas. It didn’t matter that the work was ultimately now unsafe—the point was to meet our precious, all-important deadline.”

Source: The Breach
Published: Nov 11, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,300 words)

The Vaccine Tore Her Family Apart. Could a Death Bring Them Back Together?

“Laurel Haught moved out of her own home to escape her unvaccinated daughter. Now they are facing a funeral, the coming holidays and the divide splitting many American families.”

Published: Nov 15, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

How Your Family Tree Could Catch a Killer

“Genetic genealogists like CeCe Moore are cracking cold cases and transforming policing. As DNA analysis redefines ancestry and anonymity, what knowledge should we be permitted to unlock?”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 15, 2021
Length: 41 minutes (10,355 words)

Magic Actions

“A few nights later, under citywide curfew and after the trains had been shut down, a friend and I called a cab home in a bid to evade arrest. As we sped along the East River, the driver glanced in the rearview mirror and asked if we’d come from the demonstrations. Yes, we told him carefully, we’d been going out every night. His eyes smiled above his face mask. ‘You have to find the biggest brick you can,” he said, ‘and then you make it count.'”

Source: n+1
Published: May 7, 2021
Length: 41 minutes (10,327 words)

Searching for Sleeper Trains

“Trains are still a part of my blood, my birthright. Through them I embrace my own kind of mobility and ambition, those two valued traits in my family line, if not quite manifested in the direction I’m heading.”

Source: The Rumpus
Published: Nov 4, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,610 words)

Without Paid Leave, the South’s COVID School Policies Cause a Terrible Trickle Down for Families

“Schools are at the epicenter of local and state COVID-19 protocols, using families—and children—as political bargaining chips.”

Published: Nov 18, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,513 words)