Out of Work in America

In partnership with local news organizations across the U.S., the New York Times documents the lives of 12 Americans who are out of work during the pandemic.

Published: Oct 23, 2020
Length: 47 minutes (11,755 words)

The Alhambra

“A long time ago, I took a vacation because I thought I was irreparably broken, when, in fact, I was simply normal. Lonely, and waiting for the future. In other words, alive.”

Source: Kenyon Review
Published: Oct 28, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,639 words)

7 Lives in Donald Trump’s America

“The human toll of the president’s first term.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 27, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)

The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion

“He was a senior CIA official tasked with getting tough on Russia. Then, one night in Moscow, Marc Polymeropoulos’s life changed forever. He says he was hit with a mysterious weapon, joining dozens of American diplomats and spies who believe they’ve been targeted with this secret device all over the world—and even at home, on U.S. soil.”

Source: GQ
Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,930 words)

‘Something Extremely Bad Is Happening Here’

“Teens are dying by suicide at an alarming rate. Public health officials call it a crisis. Researchers have identified several clusters nationwide. The survivors in this Arizona community are fighting back.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,480 words)

Stranger Than Fiction

“How an aspiring poet in Brooklyn became a tool in a right-wing propaganda blitz linked to Falun Gong.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 23, 2020
Length: 51 minutes (12,750 words)

The Power of a Judith Krantz Sex Scene

“A ‘90s romance novel offers a glimpse of queer possibility and illuminates the complications of writing about queer love.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,551 words)

Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me

“Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.”

Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,576 words)

I Watched My Friend Dying on Facebook. But It Was All a GoFundMe Scam.

“How a group of friends ended up donating over $100,000 to a sick friend — who was perfectly fine.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,758 words)

Aberfan: The Mistake That Cost a Village its Children

“I could hear crying and screaming. As time went on they got quieter and quieter as children died, they were buried and running out of air.”

Source: BBC
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,525 words)