John Hinckley Left the Mental Hospital Seven Months Ago

Can a man who tried to murder a president be rehabilitated?

Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,839 words)

Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away

It’s a muted form of pink—more sophisticated than bubblegum, more luxurious than eraser pink—and it can be found on book covers, runways, Pinterest boards, cosmetics labels, and almost any Instagram feed. It’s been around almost as long as millennial-hating has been around, and it also shows no signs of letting up.

Published: Mar 19, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,900 words)

The Forgotten Black Woman Behind Betty Boop

The comic character Betty Boop is enjoying a renaissance, with new cartoons, a new trademark red lipstick, and women’s fashions on offer. Gabrielle Bellot explores the original inspiration for Betty Boop — a black jazz singer named Baby Esther Jones — whose signature voice and scat-inspired patter inspired not only Betty’s look, but her signature phrase, “Boop-oop-a-doop.” As Bellot says, Boop was far more than just a cartoon character — quite the opposite — as the first feminist depicted in animated film.

Published: Mar 15, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,978 words)

Choose Your Own Rachel Cusk

A profile of feminist author–memoirist, novelist–Rachel Cusk, and the many contradictions contained within her, and her writing.

Published: Mar 14, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,312 words)

Pandas Will Fix Everything

How importing cute Chinese guest workers on temporary visas became a cuddly “Kumbaya” dream for New York’s rich and powerful.

Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,938 words)

My Mother’s Murder

Leah Carroll assembles the details surrounding her mother’s murder at the hands of organized crime, after her mother mysteriously disappeared in 1984, when Leah was four years old.

Published: Feb 28, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,929 words)

‘The Kids Think I’m a Shoe’

Stan Smith had a respectable, if not forgettable tennis career, but his sneakers have brought him much more success than he could have ever imagined.

Published: Feb 10, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,200 words)

Fat in Every Language

Being fat in America is nothing like being fat abroad.

Published: Feb 8, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,010 words)

Cat Marnell is Still Alive

An insightful profile of Cat Marnell, author of the new memoir, How to Murder Your Life, a writer and beauty editor perhaps best known for the self-destructive tendencies that cost her various high-profile jobs and landed her frequently in rehab. Author Emily Gould casts Marnell as more together than many give her credit for, and relatively healthy—at least in her ability to keep rebounding from relapses, and writing about it all cogently and compellingly.

Published: Jan 27, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,017 words)

Russia: Life After Trust

Michael Idov, who’d returned to his native Russia for work a few years ago, recalls the culture of cynicism and sense of hopeless defeat under a deceitful, immovable “hybrid regime…an autocratic one that retains the façade of a democracy.” He suggests Americans take note, as we may be headed in that direction ourselves.

Published: Jan 22, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,717 words)