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)

The Great Model Train Robbery

Although much less popular than in years past, model trains are still highly sought after collectibles. Is that why someone robbed Kent, England’s Gravesend Model Marine & Engineering Society of theirs?

Published: Jun 28, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,596 words)

The Wealth Detective Who Finds the Hidden Money of the Super Rich

“Thirty-two-year-old French economist Gabriel Zucman scours spreadsheets to find secret offshore accounts.”

Published: May 23, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,754 words)

How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster

This is what happens when a company concerns itself more with marketing than with retail service.

Published: May 7, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,957 words)

Facebook’s Crisis Management Algorithm Runs on Outrage

The lucrative social media platform claims that it has improved the way it handles dangerous, harmful content, but its reliance on personal data harvesting has made it unwilling to effectively police its 2.7 billion users.

Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,992 words)

The Coffin Business Is Booming in Central America Due to Gang Violence

How the Pacheco family business pivoted from bread baking to burying bodies in El Salvador, which has the highest murder rate per capita on the planet, “enough for the World Health Organization to classify it as an epidemic.”

Published: Mar 6, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,774 words)

‘I Hereby Confess Judgement’

Small business owners across the U.S. are being driven into bankruptcy by usurious loans advanced by predatory lenders that are making a lot of other people very, very rich. It’s perfectly horrifying, and perfectly legal.

Published: Nov 20, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,422 words)