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)

In the Rush to Harvest Body Parts, Death Investigations Have Been Upended

Organ procurement companies can harvest body parts before medical examiners have a chance to examine a dead body and rule on a cause of death. Does that seem problematic? Yes, yes it does.

Published: Oct 13, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Once Listed For $1 Billion. Sold For $100,000. What Just Happened?

It’s kind of confusing. Suffice it to say, it involves rich people, huge debt, and the late shah of Iran’s sister.

Published: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 4 minutes (1,208 words)

The California Coast Is Disappearing Under the Rising Sea. Our Choices Are Grim

The Golden State’s development coincided with an brief period of coastal calm, making the shoreline seem more stable than it is. Now that erosion, flooding, and rising sea levels are reshaping California’s coast, how will residents confront their new disturbing reality? Seawalls and sandbags can only protect so much.

Published: Jul 7, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,398 words)

Retired teacher found some seahorses off Long Beach, then he built a secret world for them

How a retired school teacher and a former Army staff sergeant work together to study and protect a small colony of Pacific seahorses in the waters off of Long Beach, California. “And if you’ve never seen a seahorse in the wild before, you will feel honored and awed, as if you’ve just seen a unicorn beneath the sea.”

Published: Jul 9, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,281 words)

I get one last Lent with my Mami. I’m using it to learn our family’s capirotada recipe

As his mother enters hospice care, Gustavo Arellano pays tribute to her life and to her cooking, trying to preserve the memory of his favorite dish.

Published: Apr 18, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,602 words)