Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

Why do consumers let the world’s biggest water-bottling company sell us water that’s already ours?

Published: Sep 21, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,597 words)

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Satellites can map the earth’s surface, but the world underneath cities is the last cartographic frontier. One team is mapping New York City’s subsurface infrastructure in 3-D to improve safety, streamline growth, and allow New York to lead the world to becoming a “smart city.”

Published: Aug 10, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,683 words)

The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso

A mysterious assault. An unsolved murder. And a ship that hasn’t given up all its secrets.

Published: Jul 27, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,275 words)

The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry

Amid an historic glut, a secretive, government-sponsored entity is putting cheese anywhere it can stuff it.
Published: Jul 19, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,093 words)

These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs

“We basically have people from two worlds, neither of which has ever talked to each other.” At Starsky Robotics, a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, truck drivers and software engineers work side by side.

Published: Jun 22, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,391 words)

This Lawsuit Goes to 11

This Is Spinal Tap is a comedy classic, but its creators made practically no money from it. Robert Kolker looks at the legal battle over what Hollywood owes Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest.

Published: Apr 22, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,428 words)

What’s the Maker of Post-it Notes Doing in the Ankle Monitor Business? Struggling

When corrections agencies started using electronic ankle monitors to relieve overcrowded prisons, 3M capitalized on the market opportunity. Their products’ failures caused innocent people to suffer and challenged the company’s long-heald philosophy about design and innovation.

Published: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,311 words)

ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It

No matter how innovative or cutting-edge ESPN makes itself, the cable money is just too lucrative, and the costs of licensing live sports are just too great, to finally cut the cord and offer itself as a standalone internet subscription service the way HBO did with HBO Now.

Published: Apr 1, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,473 words)

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs

A powerful in-depth look at the human costs of bringing auto parts factory jobs to Alabama — with inadequate training for employees and unreasonable expectations for output. “American consumers are not going to want to buy cars stained with the blood of American workers.”

Published: Mar 24, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,588 words)

Domino’s Atoned for Its Crimes Against Pizza and Built a $9 Billion Empire

The once-flagging pizza chain launched dozens of digital marketing initiatives and made headline-grabbing changes to its delivery trucks, but their rebound can be traced to just one thing — making the pizza better.

Published: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,630 words)