Is This the Most Powerful Man in Sports?

More than a decade ago, Alex French profiled William Wesley — aka Worldwide Wes — a Robert Moses-like power broker within the game of basketball (Bill Simmons once referred to Wesley as “a cross between Confucius, a benevolent uncle, and The Wolf from ‘Pulp Fiction’). According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks are poised to hire CAA mega-agent Leon Rose as the franchise’s president of basketball operations — and as Rose is close with Wesley, the New Jersey-native might be primed to join Rose in the Knicks’ front office. Are you following? If not, read French’s probing profile of Wesley, which revealed much about basketball’s most mysterious individual.

Source: GQ
Published: Jun 21, 2007
Length: 17 minutes (4,411 words)

The Money Behind Trump’s Money

The inside story of the president and Deutsche Bank, his lender of last resort.

Published: Feb 4, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

Election Bias

The new playbook for voter suppression.

Published: Dec 12, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,562 words)

The Wrong Way to Fight the Opioid Crisis

People struggling with addiction who share a lethal dose of drugs are being prosecuted as killers.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 3, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,110 words)

Something in the Air

In the Texas Panhandle, which produces a fifth of the U.S. beef supply, communities are being choked by fecal dust from nearby feedlots. The state’s regulatory agency isn’t doing anything about it — and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Feb 3, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,919 words)

Direction Nowhere

When Miles Davis and Neil Young shared the bill at the Filmore East in March 1970, they were living surpisingly parallel artistic lives despite playing such different music.

Source: At Length
Published: Mar 29, 2010
Length: 9 minutes (2,493 words)

Now I Don’t Know Who I Am

“Mixed (race) feelings about Columbia’s Toro y Moi.”

Source: Oxford American
Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 33 minutes (8,446 words)

Sublime’s Last Show: The Oral History

Even though the band’s lead singer died over two decades ago, people still talk about Sublime’s last show and what went wrong. One musician took the time to separate the rumors from the facts by speaking to those who were there that night.

Source: KQED Arts
Published: May 24, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,986 words)

We Will Be Seen

Have you read Tressie McMillan Cottom’s book “Thick” yet? If not, that’s a mistake, but a mistake you can begin to rectify by reading this excellent, wide-ranging interview to understand just how sharp a thinker she is.

Published: Feb 1, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,308 words)

The Girl in the Huddle

For a decade, Elinor Kaine Penna was the ultimate football insider, bringing the ins and outs of the nascent pro game to its fans. For SB Nation, Natalie Weiner interviews Penna—now decades removed from the press box—and highlights her ascendancy in the 1960s as an NFL reporter and whose newsletter, Lineback, became the sole imprimatur of a truly knowledgeable football fan.

Source: SB Nation
Published: Feb 4, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,518 words)