20 Days in Mariupol

An extraordinary firsthand account by one of the last international journalists reporting from the besieged Ukrainian city:

We reached an entryway, and armored cars whisked us to a darkened basement. Only then did we learn from a policeman why the Ukrainians had risked the lives of soldiers to extract us from the hospital.

“If they catch you, they will get you on camera and they will make you say that everything you filmed is a lie,” he said. “All your efforts and everything you have done in Mariupol will be in vain.”

 The officer, who had once begged us to show the world his dying city, now pleaded with us to go. He nudged us toward the thousands of battered cars preparing to leave Mariupol.

Published: Mar 21, 2022
Length: 9 minutes (2,400 words)

‘They Become Our Family’: US Farming Couple Rescues Afghans

“Clarin has helped get five of her former employees and their families into the U.S. since 2017, while her wife has helped them rebuild their lives in America.”

Published: Nov 24, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,271 words)

‘Look After My Babies’: In Ethiopia, a Tigray Family’s Quest

War broke out in Ethiopia’s Tigray region at the worst possible time for Abraha Kinfe Gebremariam and his family: his wife was giving birth to twins amid a massacre.

Author: Cara Anna
Published: Apr 23, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,221 words)

Death and Denial in Brazil’s Amazon Capital

“Even if I had stopped it (economy), if I had closed the city for 30 days, no one goes in and no one goes out. At some point I would have had to open and at some point the virus would have gotten here.”

Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,622 words)

The Search

Mariette Williams was adopted from Haiti in 1986. Three decades later, she finds her birth family—and serious questions about Haitian adoptions.

Author: Ben Fox
Published: Nov 27, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3,033 words)

Associated Press Investigation: Hundreds of Officers Lose Licenses Over Sex Misconduct

A yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement reveals that some 1,000 officers lost their badges over a six-year period, and not all states have clear rules about reporting crimes by officers.

Published: Nov 2, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,645 words)

The Missing American, on an Unapproved Mission for the CIA

An Associated Press investigation reveals that Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran and has become the longest-held American hostage, was working for the CIA at the time of his disappearance, despite denials by the U.S. government. The full story of how it all happened:

In an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules, a team of analysts — with no authority to run spy operations — paid Levinson to gather intelligence from some of the world’s darkest corners. He vanished while investigating the Iranian government for the U.S.

Published: Dec 13, 2013
Length: 20 minutes (5,245 words)

Trying to Unlock Secrets of Dead Serial Killer

A serial killer is caught, but takes his own life before revealing his list of victims:

“‘Why don’t you give us another name?’ asked Russo, a federal prosecutor.

Keyes was conflicted — he wanted his story out there, but worried about the impact it would have on friends and family (he has a daughter believed to be 10 or 11), says Goeden, the FBI agent. He rebuffed all appeals to bring peace to others.

“‘Think about your loved ones,’ Doll urged. ‘Wouldn’t you want to know if they’re never coming home?’

“He mulled it over and returned another day with his answer.

“‘I’d rather think my loved one was on a beach somewhere,’ he said, ‘other than being horribly murdered.'”

Published: Jan 26, 2013
Length: 11 minutes (2,858 words)

Obama’s Commencement Address at Notre Dame

President Obama’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame on May 17, 2009, as released by the White House.

Published: May 17, 2009
Length: 14 minutes (3,609 words)