The Fight of His Life

Afghan Noorullah Aminyar was a valuable ally to the American military. Now, after a failed defection attempt and three years in detention, his asylum claims rests on the argument that the U.S. has lost the war in Afghanistan.

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 16, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,425 words)

Shot in the Dark

Spending six days in a cave without any light means hallucinations, hypothermia, and the potential for fatal falls. Why would anyone volunteer for one of the most extreme reality shows ever?

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 1, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,825 words)

Ray Spencer Didn’t Molest His Kids. So Why Did He Spend 20 Years in Prison for It?

Ray Spencer spent nearly half his life in prison, convicted of raping his own children. It’s a crime he doesn’t remember committing, and as adults, his grown children began questioning their own memories and set out to find justice for their father.

Source: Esquire
Published: May 22, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

Pet Project

The doggos of WeRateDogs have been there for us in dark times: Begun in the days after the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015, WeRateDogs is still going strong nearly two years later. It’s an eternity for a meme in Internet years, let alone dog years, but creator Matt Nelson is a college sophomore with big ambitions for his brand: “If it was just cute dogs I wouldn’t have millions of followers.”

Source: Esquire
Published: May 14, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

Hunting Child Predators With Canada’s Freelance Vigilantes

In Canada, where the sex offender registry and convicted criminals’ names are private, a movement of “creep-hunters” has taken justice into their own hands and built a popular network of homemade videos around public shaming. Now they’re streamlining their approach to go mainstream, but at what cost?

Author: Suzy Khimm
Source: Esquire
Published: Apr 9, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,750 words)

The String Theory

What happens when all of a man’s intelligence and athleticism is focused on placing a fuzzy yellow ball where his opponent is not? An obsessive inquiry (with footnotes), into the physics and metaphysics of tennis.

Source: Esquire
Published: Jul 1, 1996
Length: 58 minutes (14,729 words)

Why She’s Suing Fox News

Conservative commentator Andrea Tantaros, a former co-host of “The Five” and “Outnumbered” on Fox News, speaks out about the experiences that prompted her sexual harassment suit against the organization and its former CEO, Roger Ailes.

Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 21, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,228 words)

The Falling Man

Richard Drew’s photo of the man falling from the Twin Towers: in the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.

Author: Tom Junod
Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 11, 2016
Length: 29 minutes (7,385 words)

The FBI Accused Him of Terrorism. He Couldn’t Tie His Shoes.

A disabled 18-year-old named Peyton Pruitt, who functions at the level of an 8-year-old child, is accused of becoming an ISIS recruit.

Source: Esquire
Published: Sep 8, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,722 words)

The Ministry of Fun

Celebrities, skinny jeans, reality TV ─ Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. has it all, including DJs working the baptism. This is the new breed of Capitalist America’s pastors.

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 30, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,286 words)