The Oral History of CNN’s Election Week

“It took office naps, rousing renditions of Motownphilly, and a whole lot of coffee.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 16, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,801 words)

‘Something Extremely Bad Is Happening Here’

“Teens are dying by suicide at an alarming rate. Public health officials call it a crisis. Researchers have identified several clusters nationwide. The survivors in this Arizona community are fighting back.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,480 words)

The Crushing Reality of Zoom School

“Zoom school becomes a portal into worlds you never see as a parent making awkward smalltalk at pickup. You can hear a mom working a job doing collections for medical billing. Call after call. A dad who calls his sister on speakerphone. They fight most days. Grandparents asking how long it’s going to take. There are babies wailing.”

Author: Dan Sinker
Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 16, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,524 words)

‘A Felony Just to Own’: The Sleazy Story Behind Penthouse’s Most Controversial Issue

“Peter Bloch, Penthouse‘s then-executive editor: “It was the best-selling issue of Penthouse of all time. Hands down. A complete sellout in, like, two days. You couldn’t get a copy. So there were guys paying—and this is something I saw with my own eyes—a dollar for a peek. A peek!””

Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 15, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,137 words)

How to Cool It

“I’m questioning the values on which this country thinks of itself as being based.” James Baldwin’s landmark 1968 interview about race relations in America.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jul 1, 1968
Length: 32 minutes (8,214 words)

Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office?

The history and future of the American mail system, an incredible story from 2013 that is relevant once again.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jan 22, 2013
Length: 40 minutes (10,136 words)

My Oversubscribed Life

If subscription-based businesses can let us use our time more efficiently, then why was this subscriber not using her time for anything more than scrolling through her feeds, imagining future life-optimization?

Source: Esquire
Published: Apr 16, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,939 words)

The Day the Coronavirus Came to Prison

“In the days before he went into lockdown, John J. Lennon sent this dispatch from Sing Sing, on how the maximum-security prison was preparing for the inevitable arrival of COVID-19.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Mar 19, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,514 words)

The Secret History of Page Six

One-time New York Post reporter Kate Storey takes a deep dive into the history of the paper’s powerful gossip column, examining how it’s adapted since its founding in 1977, into the age of social media and #MeToo.

Source: Esquire
Published: Feb 12, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,253 words)

The Story of Huey Lewis is Not a Tragedy

Huey Lewis, the polo-shirted, red-suited king of the charts during the last throes of pop monoculture in the 1980s, is struggling with hearing problems as he enters his 70s.

Source: Esquire
Published: Feb 6, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,552 words)