Trump Got His Wall, After All

A small, dedicated crew of hardliners has put up bureaucratic barriers that are far harder to overcome than any hunk of concrete on the southern border.

Published: Nov 24, 2019
Length: 33 minutes (8,300 words)

The Creeping Capitalist Takeover of Higher Education

Universities had the chance to make higher education accessible to more students by making the price of online degrees affordable. But they didn’t.

Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,729 words)

The Best Way to Save People from Suicide

Can simple human connection in the form of short letters and texts help suicidal people to find hope for their lives?

Published: Nov 15, 2018
Length: 47 minutes (11,802 words)

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

“Years from now, we will look back in horror at the counterproductive ways we addressed the obesity epidemic and the barbaric ways we treated fat people—long after we knew there was a better path.”

Published: Sep 19, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,450 words)

Inhuman Resources

David Dayen tells the story of Mike Picarella, an HSBC banker who witnessed a coworker being repeatedly sexually harassed and had his life ruined after he reported it to HR. The account shows how power imbalances within the banking industry prevent whistleblowers from coming forward and why there have been so few #metoo stories that have come out of Wall Street despite its notorious frat boy culture.

Published: Jul 12, 2018
Length: 41 minutes (10,400 words)

Dry, the Beloved Country

Cape Town’s current drought has destroyed farms and the rich’s lush gardens and birthed extreme austerity measures, but could it have long-lasting effects on race relations in this segregated city?

Published: Apr 19, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,885 words)

Jerry and Marge Go Large

How a dyslexic cereal box designer with a penchant for puzzles and patterns figured out a loophole in the Cash WinFall state lottery game, earning $27 million in gross profits playing the lottery over nine years in two states.

Published: Mar 1, 2018
Length: 43 minutes (10,910 words)

Generation Screwed

Take an epic journey through the broken safety net, compounded student debt, contracted jobs, zoning, the end of homeownership, and the hollowing out of retirement, all of which have crashed together to create an untenable present and an uncertain future for the millennial generation, which is faced with a crisis of daily living not seen since the Great Depression.

Published: Dec 14, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)