My Inheritance Was My Father’s Last Lesson To Me And I Am Still Learning It

When Alexander Chee’s father died at the age of 43 he didn’t leave behind a will, and his estate was divided among his wife and three children. When he turned 18, Chee was bequeathed a trust, and the first thing he bought was something he thought his father would want for him — a black Alfa Romeo.

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Published: Jan 28, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,530 words)

How I Stopped Being Ashamed Of My EBT Card

A reported personal essay in which Janelle Harris writes about reluctantly succumbing to her need for Medicaid and the electronic equivalent of food stamps after she lost her full-time reporting job in 2012, in order to feed herself and her daughter.

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Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,306 words)

Here’s Every Word Of Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman’s Courtroom Statement To Her Sexual Abuser

The six-time Olympic medalist was one of more than 150 women who gave victim impact statements at the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former doctor for the American gymnastics team. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sex crimes. For more, read the original 2016 reporting by the Indianapolis Star.

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Published: Jan 19, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,219 words)

How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Leaving A Polygamous Sect?

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs no longer has a hold on the communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona — former compounds are now available for stays on Airbnb — and the women of these communities are finding new ways to live and work. “We are more than Warren Jeffs and the FLDS…We are better than the stories about us. We have a new narrative: resilience.”

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Published: Jan 18, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,100 words)

She’s 17 And Wants To Be A Politician. Her Dad Says He Won’t Vote For Her.

A profile of 17-year-old Iowan Lily Miller, a progressive who wants to run for office, and her right-wing 49-year-old father Mike, who represent a growing phenomenon of young women departing from the conservative views they were raised with.

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Published: Jan 16, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,157 words)

Who’s Going to Believe Us?

Tensions between the Bad River Reservation and Ashland, Wisconsin run high, due to white police violence and mistrust. It’s a continuation of the tensions between white Americans and Native Americans that go back to the nation’s founding. It’s systemic and accepted, and many tribal members don’t believe it will end.

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Published: Jan 9, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,443 words)

We’ll Be Paying For Mark Halperin’s Sins For Years To Come

Eve Fairbanks, arguably one of the most talented living political writers, spells out exactly how Mark Halperin damaged our political discourse, and political journalism in general — and draws a compelling through-line to the election of Donald Trump.

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Published: Nov 22, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,648 words)

Meet The Riders Of The Sikh Motorcycle Club Of The Northeast

Mistaken for Muslims and attacked for their turbans, the Sikhs are fundamentally a people of peace. For a group of Sikhs in New Jersey, cruising America’s back roads on Harley-Davidsons is not only a way to enjoy a piece of the American Dream, it’s a way to forge brotherhood and reaffirm their commitment to Sikh values.

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Published: Nov 5, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,383 words)

Welcome to Idaho, Now Go Home

Conservatives have been moving to Northern Idaho for twenty years, attracted to its inexpensive land, relative safety and sense of autonomy and privacy. The region is 96.2% white. Now a group of ultra-right Idaho Republicans have staged a political battle here, working to remake their own Republican Party into a far more conservative party than it is now, so-called “true Republicans.”

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Published: Oct 22, 2017
Length: 33 minutes (8,261 words)

Young Saints

How a school that calls itself “Christian Hogwarts” is upending a small city in California’s Trump country.

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Published: Oct 12, 2017
Length: 35 minutes (8,792 words)