The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge

A Harvard Law professor who teaches a class on judgment wouldn’t seem like an obvious mark, would he?

Published: Jul 23, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,800 words)

The Battle of Grace Church

What happened when Brooklyn’s oldest nursery school decided to become less old-fashioned? A riot among the one percent.

Published: Jul 8, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,300 words)

Cain and Abel and Oil

This might strike you as a wildly self-serving theory: that the epic rift tearing apart this preposterously wealthy family was the fault not of the lifelong ne’er-do-well, who’d spent four decades partying his way through a family fortune, but of his outwardly much more responsible and sober brother, who had run the family business for over a decade. More than that: that the responsible, sober one was actually reckless, vindictive, manipulative, and untrustworthy even with those who knew him best. And even more: that the final break came when the supposedly responsible one engineered an elaborate conspiracy to frame his brother involving a henchman and two corrupt cops.

Author: Ian Frisch
Published: Jun 27, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,800 words)

The I in We

How WeWork — a company based on founder Adam Neumann’s vision of a “capitalist kibbutz” — became a sleek, dystopian, mammoth-sized tech unicorn.

Published: Jun 10, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,040 words)

Before, and After, the Jogger

The real rapist in the Central Park Five case attacked many other women. The survivors speak for the first time.

Published: Jun 3, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,225 words)

Marriage: An Investigation

A multi-article package looking at the institution of marriage from a variety of angles, and through the experiences of an assortment of couples.

Published: Mar 31, 2019
Length: 76 minutes (19,013 words)

What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?

Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain were on the verge of publishing an investigation looking into sexual misconduct allegations against a powerful executive at CBS. But the Washington Post decided not to run the story. Carmon looks back at how an important story was killed.

Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,735 words)

The Five Families of Feces

A look at the cutthroat porta-potty business in New York City, which is surprisingly filled with all kinds of dirty drama.

Published: Feb 6, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,575 words)

Padma Lakshmi, Scars and All

“It was only because Helmut Newton happened to find me and happened to love scars that all of a sudden everybody wanted me for their fashion shows… It took another person who had power to look at me another way, to give me permission, that that was even available to me.”

Published: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,435 words)

‘Do I Really Want to Hurt My Baby?’

“Intrusive thoughts are virtually universal among both new mothers and new fathers. ‘If they say they don’t have them, he told me, ‘they’re lying.'”

Published: Dec 5, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,425 words)