Fall Risk

“A meditation on a period of weakness with no known cause.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Mar 25, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,746 words)

The Radicalization of J.D. Vance

“As he runs for the Senate, the Hillbilly Elegy author has gone from media darling to establishment pariah. Is his new, fiery, right-wing persona an act? Or is something more interesting going on?”
Published: Jan 4, 2022
Length: 24 minutes (6,044 words)

The Black Vanguard in White Utopias

“Country music issues a promissory note to its white listeners. The promise is that no matter how much the world around them may be changing, a country radio station or concert will be a safe space for white sentimentality.”

Source: The Undefeated
Published: Dec 31, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,167 words)

The (Other) French Chef

“Julia Child’s collaborator Simone Beck has lingered as an object of pity in public memory. But maybe Beck didn’t want stardom at all.”

Author: Mayukh Sen
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Jan 3, 2022
Length: 15 minutes (3,956 words)

House of Cards

An interactive visual investigation detailing how decades of problems led to the collapse of a condominium tower in Surfside, Florida.

Source: Miami Herald
Published: Dec 30, 2021

How Plastic Liberated and Entombed Us

An account of the wonder substance that has become our tarbaby.”

Published: Jan 29, 2022
Length: 22 minutes (5,500 words)

How Black Communities Become ‘Sacrifice Zones’ for Industrial Air Pollution

One of the most dangerous chemical plants in America sits in one of West Virginia’s only majority-Black communities. For decades, residents of Institute have raised alarms about air pollution. They say concerns have “fallen on deaf ears.”
Published: Jan 21, 2022
Length: 24 minutes (6,200 words)

Under the Wheel

“I have always been drawn to stories about people who try to escape — escape their neighborhoods, their families, their histories — and who instead become what they were running from.”

Author: Evan Allen
Source: Boston Globe
Published: Dec 30, 2021
Length: 34 minutes (8,509 words)

This Isn’t the California I Married

“The honeymoon’s over for its residents now that wildfires are almost constant. Has living in this natural wonderland lost its magic?”

Published: Jan 3, 2022
Length: 24 minutes (6,115 words)

David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

“The ethos Attenborough established of working with research scientists, modifying technology, taking time to capture nature, and placing our world in context has grown from amateur naturalists discussing woodpeckers to a technical, creative, and scientific endeavor that’s making programs for the entire world.”

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 2, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,535 words)