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)

The Great Rikers Island Art Heist

Stained, neglected, nearly thrown away, a million-dollar Salvador Dalí painting spent forty years hanging around the Riker’s jail complex until someone decided to steal it.

Source: Esquire
Published: Oct 11, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,035 words)

How Viagra Went From A Medical Mistake To A $3-Billion-Dollar-A-Year Industry

How a happy accident has gone on to make men happy the world over.

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 21, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,298 words)

Liz Phair Taught Me Everything About Being a Grown-Up

Twenty-five years after releasing her debut album Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair’s early music is still helping define peoples’ lives, dudes included.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jun 15, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,959 words)

‘This Place Is Crazy’: How America’s Cell Blocks Became Its Psych Wards

Ten of every eleven psychiatric patients housed by the government are incarcerated. Here’s what this crisis looks like from the inside—a series of lost lives and a few rare victories—as reported by a prisoner-journalist.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jun 5, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

The Delay

After two siblings got kidnapped on the Navajo reservation, jurisdictional issues and a structural breakdown of the Amber Alert system slowed the search. Trying to protect Indigenous children on tribal lands requires increased police training and federal funding, but funding often means compromising some tribal sovereignity.

Source: Esquire
Published: Apr 18, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,373 words)

My Experience at Charlie Rose Went Beyond Sexism

A personal essay in which writer and producer Rebecca Carroll catalogs her experiences with not only sexism, by racism as well, as the only black woman on Charlie Rose’s staff in the late 90s.

Source: Esquire
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 5 minutes (1,425 words)