Snow, Death and Politics

While snowed in on the West Coast, Frances Badalamenti grapples alone with her father’s death on the other side of what feels like a dying country.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 27, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,741 words)

On Becoming a Woman Who Knows Too Much

Through my education I’d become a trusted source of specialized knowledge. But how could I become the kind of leader who is surrounded with people like me?

Author: Hawa Allan
Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 22, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,661 words)

Pills and Thrills and Daffodils

Years before Prince died of an overdose, his music provided a lifeline for Eva Tenuto.

Author: Eva Tenuto
Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 21, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,181 words)

On Island: Journeying to Penal Colonies, from Rikers to Robben

On journeys to Rikers Island in New York City and Robben Island in South Africa, Roohi Choudhry examines issues of incarceration and racism, and envisions a day when the convicted are no longer exiled to penal colonies.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 19, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,556 words)

The Currency of Cars: How to Leave a Husband

A rickety ’98 Volvo wagon doesn’t look like much, but it provides Debbie Weingarten and her children safe passage to a new life.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 18, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,609 words)

Considering the Wall

Hadrian’s Wall, that is. Max Adams explores Britain’s lost early medieval past by walking its ancient paths.

Author: Max Adams
Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 11, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,012 words)

Building In the Shadow of Our Own Destruction

Those who would build enormous structures—skyscrapers, bridges, border walls—should do so with an eye toward their eventual ruin.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 3, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,060 words)

Woman of Color in Wide Open Spaces

While visiting national parks to detox from the oppressive whiteness of the MFA experience, Minda Honey is reminded the only places to retreat from whiteness in this country are the spaces women of color hold for each other.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 29, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,986 words)

A Culinary Legend’s Next Fight

Paula Wolfert’s groundbreaking cookbooks changed the way we eat. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis changed her life, but not her outlook.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,256 words)

Moved by Kim

Seth Davis Branitz had an awful suspicion he’d feel relieved when, some day, his very troubled brother would pass. He had no idea about the other ends it would rapidly bring with it.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,085 words)