Abuse of Faith

Debbie Vasquez was molested by her pastor at 14. In her 40s, she asked leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention to take action against sexual abuse. They didn’t, and hundreds more have suffered.

Published: Feb 10, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,145 words)

A Blast. Then Chaos.

On the scene of the Sante Fe High School shooting.

Published: May 19, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,637 words)

Fifty-One Inches

Terror, heartbreak, and heroism in Houston as five souls brave the worst storm in U.S. history

Published: Sep 2, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,108 words)

Adrift

As NASA seeks their next mission, Russia holds the trump card: access to the International Space Station.

Mastracchio’s unglamorous return home last week in a Soyuz capsule has been described by some veteran astronauts as akin to going over Niagara Falls, in a barrel, on fire.

Around the world, in Houston, mission control could only watch for critical signs of success, such as parachute deployment, listen to Russian flight directors and review the data being relayed from Kazakhstan.

When he finally reached the ground Mastracchio remained far from home, but at least it was spring, and the landing spot on. All Soyuz astronauts undergo two nights of winter survival training in case their spacecraft landing goes awry, and they’re stranded in the central Asian hinterlands for a couple of days. It’s a far cry from the handshake with the NASA administrator on a sunny Florida runway that awaited most shuttle astronauts.

Published: May 18, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2,923 words)