Covid Conversations With One of America’s Richest Men

When the pandemic hit, Max Abelson called the richest person he knew. In a series of conversations with this anonymous billionaire, we see life through the eyes of the privileged and wealthy.

Published: Jul 14, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,993 words)

Did a Chinese Hack Kill Canada’s Greatest Tech Company?

“Nortel was once a world leader in wireless technology. Then came a hack and the rise of Huawei.”

Published: Jul 1, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,473 words)

Troubles in Quinn Country

“In the Irish borderlands, Sean Quinn was always known as a tough businessman. But he was hugely successful and created thousands of jobs. A local hero. And then it all went wrong.”

Published: Jun 30, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

The Pariah Ship

“With passengers falling ill, the ship was denied a port by country after country.”

Published: Jun 11, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,101 words)

The Time I Sabotaged My Editor With Ransomware From the Dark Web

Drake Bennett conducts an experiment to see if any idiot could go on the dark web, purchase ransomware from a hacker, and infect an (un)suspecting victim.

Published: Feb 6, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,795 words)

The Hacker Who Took Down a Country

“Daniel Kaye, also known as Spdrman, found regular jobs tough but corporate espionage easy. He’s about to get out of prison.”

Published: Dec 20, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,297 words)

America’s Largest Health Insurer Is Giving Apartments to Homeless People

“There are more than half a million homeless in the U.S., about a third of them unsheltered—that is, living on streets, under bridges, or in abandoned properties. When they need medical care or simply a bed and a meal, many go to the emergency room. That’s where America has drawn the line: We’ll pay for a hospital bed but not for a home, even when the home would be cheaper. Jeffrey Brenner is trying to move that line.”

Author: John Tozzi
Published: Nov 5, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,717 words)

The Billion-Dollar High-Speed Internet Scam

Why secure actual signatures from partners on multi-million dollar contracts to install fiber-optic cable at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean when you can just forge them?

Published: Oct 8, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,209 words)

Irish Butter Kerrygold Has Conquered America’s Kitchens

This is the story of how this unassuming yellow, salty, grass-fed import seduced a nation that produces more than enough of its own cream.

Published: Oct 2, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,357 words)

McDonald’s CEO Wants Big Macs to Keep Up With Big Tech

The fast food giant is trying to modernize, but do its ambitious automation and data processing plans outstrip its stores’ abilities?

Published: Sep 25, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,370 words)