The Man Who Didn’t Invent Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

“He’s now retired in his early 60s, after a full career climbing the corporate ladder. Montañez made it, from rags to riches, from factory floor to corporate suite. He just didn’t make Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.”

Author: Sam Dean
Published: May 16, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,295 words)

The ‘No-Nos’ of Tule Lake

“Singled out for failing a ‘loyalty’ test, Japanese Americans incarcerated in a high-security U.S. prison camp during WWII are shedding the stigma and reclaiming their stories.”

Published: Mar 20, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,500 words)

‘We Are Slowly Being Poisoned’

Kiera Feldman investigates how toxic fumes seep into the air you breathe on airplanes.

Published: Dec 17, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,710 words)

A Farmer, ‘Little Ghosts,’ and 18,000 Tobacco Plants

“How COVID-19 upended farming in South Korea.”

Published: Jul 27, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,721 words)

The True Story of the Heartthrob Prince of Qatar and His Time at USC

Lori Loughlin has nothing on the Al Thani family.

Published: Jul 16, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,825 words)

Black and Brown Tech Workers Share Their Experiences of Racism on the Job

Former employees of Pinterest, Google, Snap, and other companies share their stories of discrimination.

Published: Jun 24, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,558 words)

Hollywood and Hygiene: Sanitary Conditions in the Age of Coronavirus

From not cleaning equipment to not having handwashing stations to the way crews eat, film and TV sets have long been lacking in basic sanitation, and no union contracts stipulate basic standards about hygiene. COVID-19 might change that.

Published: Apr 11, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,643 words)

Kevin Ellison’s Final Journey

A troubled ex-USC football star died at 31. His family hoped that studying his brain for CTE would help others

Published: Dec 3, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

How the U.S. Betrayed the Marshall Islands, Kindling the Next Nuclear Disaster

We tested dozens of nuclear bombs on an around the Marshall Islands, then pushed all the radioactive debris into a crater and covered it with a concrete dome. A concrete dome that hasn’t aged well, even before rising sea levels added another layer of threat.

Published: Nov 10, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,953 words)

Sea Gulls Love In-N-Out. But Their Diet May Be Changing Their Channel Islands Home

“Usually it’s humans who are responsible for polluting natural ecosystems. But on Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands, gulls appear to be the ones spoiling the wild habitat with processed food and puked-up trash.”

Published: Oct 22, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,637 words)