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)

Signs and Wonders

Obsessed with standing at the geographic center of the U.S. in Lebanon, Kansas, a curious adventurer drives 2,000 miles alone on U. S. Route 83, despite peoples’ warnings. Why? Even he wondered. “Maybe this trip is not the best idea I ever had,” he thought. “What is the best idea I ever had? How good was the best idea I ever had? Have I already had the best idea I’m ever going to have?” This is a journey through America as much as through his own psyche.

Source: Esquire
Published: May 1, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,331 words)

Inside the Twisted, Worldwide Hunt for a $7 Million Stolen Car

“The T150, chassis number 90108, however, now holds another distinction: It was stolen in one of the boldest automobile heists in history. In fact, one of the most brazen and spectacular heists of any kind at all. And Joe Ford, a P.I. from Fort Lauderdale nursing a Corona who has to get home to walk his girlfriend’s teacup poodle after she goes to work, is working his ass off to get it back.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 21, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,447 words)

Beneath The Surface Of Bruce Springsteen

At Esquire, Bruce Springsteen talks to Michael Hainey about Trump’s divisive politics, raising kids to become solid citizens, how to learn to deal with the baggage of your upbringing to be the person you truly want to be, and how, at age 69 after two serious bouts of depression, he’s still figuring it all out, just like the rest of us.

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 27, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,648 words)

Chardon, Ohio

Six years after a mass shooting at the local High School, Libby Copeland visits with survivors and observes various ways they live and cope with lasting trauma.

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 18, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,115 words)