Blindsided: A Dream Engagement Turned Nightmare

Don Huckstep thought he’d found love. But when his fiancee Teri Deneka vanished after a mysterious text, her disappearance led him, police, and another family down a strange path of discoveries.

Author: Mary Milz
Published: May 31, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,563 words)

Man of Conviction

Mark Nicholson was convicted of manslaughter, served his time, and became a lawyer. He’s now one of Indianapolis’s top public defenders, defending the city’s poorest citizens.

Author: Adam Wren
Published: Oct 30, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,208 words)

Wabash College Is Not for Everyone

The author reflects on his experiences attending an all-male college in the early ’90s.

Published: Oct 6, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,070 words)

The Proposal

On paper, Joannah Bierzychudek’s new boyfriend—a successful surgeon and world-traveling mountain climber—seemed like Mr. Right. But then he started describing his detailed plans to kill his ex-wife.

Published: Jul 5, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,050 words)

Larry Bird’s Greatest Shot Was the One He Didn’t Take

How basketball great Larry Bird almost walked away from the game.

Published: Dec 7, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5,545 words)

Dear Kate

A parent’s lessons on living with grief, 10 years after her daughter died.

Published: Nov 14, 2014
Length: 26 minutes (6,625 words)

The Boy with Half a Brain

Jeff and Tiernae Buttars made a difficult decision to have a portion of their son’s brain surgically removed to eliminate his seizures. The decision changed all of their lives.

Published: Aug 26, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4,866 words)

Susan Cox Is No Longer Here

A group of volunteers helps make sure people are not alone when they are dying:

I sat in the room with the volunteers. Every three hours one of them would leave, and someone else would appear in the doorway. Amanda, Denise, Martha, and others. Noon, midnight, 2 a.m., 6 p.m., a rhythm.

They had found NODA in various ways. Amanda Egler read about it in a news app on her phone. Her grandmother had died the previous year, and it was fresh in Amanda’s mind that the death had been something of beauty, that her grandmother had been conscious until the very end, thankful that a constant flow of people were in her presence, sitting with her, the room never empty. Amanda read about NODA and considered what it might be like to die alone. “This is something very simple, but so important,” she said. “Because everyone is going to die, and to give three hours of your life, at the end of someone else’s, seems like the right thing to do.” She went to the first NODA volunteer meeting, just to listen.

Published: Dec 3, 2013
Length: 32 minutes (8,100 words)

The Long Con

Phil Ferguson conned hundreds of investors out of millions of dollars and then disappeared. The story of one of the Indiana’s biggest fraudsters:

“The FBI knew Ferguson had money. They knew he had been in Colorado, where he landed for a time after fleeing Indiana and did business with a man named Roy Vernon Cox while using the name “Al Russell.” They narrowly missed apprehending him. Later, they received a tip that Ferguson had brazenly returned to Marion, from someone who claimed to have seen him in a drugstore.

“The rest was just guesswork. How much did Ferguson have? Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Millions?”

Published: Jun 10, 2013
Length: 31 minutes (7,837 words)

One in a Million

An excerpt from The Spark, a memoir about a mother who nurtures her autistic son’s genius:

“The ‘math people’ in our lives found Jake fascinating. One day I was having a cup of coffee with my aunt, a high school geometry teacher, while Jake sat at our feet, playing with a cereal box and a bunch of Styrofoam balls I’d gotten from a craft store so that the daycare kids could make snowmen. He was putting the balls into the box, taking them out, and then doing it again, and it sounded as if he was counting. My aunt wondered aloud what he was doing.

“Jake didn’t look up. ‘Nineteen spheres make a parallelepiped,’ he said.

“I had no idea what a parallelepiped was; it sounded like a made-up word to me. In fact, it’s a three-dimensional figure made up of six parallelograms. Jake had learned the word from a visual dictionary we had in the house. And yes, you can make one out of a cereal box. My aunt was shocked, less by the fancy word than by the sophisticated mathematical concept behind it.”

Published: Apr 24, 2013
Length: 18 minutes (4,670 words)