The Problem With Crime Junkie

One of the hottest podcasts in the country has built a seven-figure business telling stories about true crime. Too bad the tales aren’t its own.

Author: Adam Wren
Published: Nov 7, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,200 words)

On a Finnish Archipelago, Moving Through Sorrow

The beauty and calm of the Aland Islands are deceptive. Isolation encourages contemplation — but can it, as one grieving mother wonders, offer respite as well?

Author: Yiyun Li
Published: Nov 12, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

Hundreds of Florida Inmates Are Serving Drug Sentences No Longer in State Law

Jomari DeLeon, a mother of three, is serving the third year of a 15-year sentence for selling 48 prescription tablets to an undercover cop — a severe penalty that’s a result of Florida’s “tough on crime” laws passed in the 1990s. Lawmakers now view those old drug sentencing laws as going too far, and have passed new legislation to give lighter sentences for those selling prescription drugs. Unfortunately for DeLeon, the new laws do not retroactively apply to her case.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,265 words)

The High-Stakes Race to Breed Cannabis With 0% THC

Weed can make you laugh, but the challenges to CBD growers aren’t funny.

Source: Medium
Published: Nov 11, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,939 words)

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Drinking the Lead-Poisoned Water

The physical and congitive effects of lead poisoning on students require special education interventions that are difficult for struggling schools to provide.

Published: Nov 6, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,706 words)

Moses Speaks Spanglish

Identity and agency tangle in complicated ways when none of the languages you speak can precisely channel who you are.

Source: The Revealer
Published: Nov 7, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,082 words)

‘I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her’

In designing the 737 MAX, Boeing altered the plane’s automatic response in the event of a faulty angle-of-attack sensor, failed to include the change in the airplane’s operating manual, and then promptly blamed foreign pilots when two separate crashes involving the model took 347 lives.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Nov 11, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,838 words)

When ‘Angels in America’ Came to East Texas

Homophobia and religiosity divided the town of Kilgore, Texas over the famous play. The divisions also helped liberate some local citizens, allowing them to define their own worldviews apart from that of their parents’.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 14, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,989 words)

The American Road Trip: Patriotism

From a naturalization ceremony to a Slipknot concert, Jacqui Shine travels the United States to understand what it means to be patriotic.

Published: Oct 28, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,854 words)

How the U.S. Betrayed the Marshall Islands, Kindling the Next Nuclear Disaster

We tested dozens of nuclear bombs on an around the Marshall Islands, then pushed all the radioactive debris into a crater and covered it with a concrete dome. A concrete dome that hasn’t aged well, even before rising sea levels added another layer of threat.

Published: Nov 10, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,953 words)