Michaela the Destroyer

“How a young talent from East London went from open-mic nights to making the most sublimely unsettling show of the year.”

Published: Jul 6, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,941 words)

Beach Boss

New York City’s lifeguard corps is Baywatch meets Tammany Hall, the fiefdom of a man named Peter Stein.

Published: Jun 23, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,427 words)

My Appetites

“On eating and coping mechanisms, childhood and self-control, criticism, love, cancer, and pandemics.”

Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,500 words)

An Oral History of ‘Center Stage’

“How 24 pairs of leather pants, a tearaway tutu, and red pointe shoes made for a generation’s greatest dance movie.”

Published: May 11, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,465 words)

Shell Is Looking Forward

The fossil-fuel companies expect to profit from climate change. I went to a private planning meeting and took notes.

Published: Mar 3, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,271 words)

Garbage Language: Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?

Let’s drop a pin in this and take it off-line so we can futureproof the intiative with these key learnings and co-create innovative win-wins that require an omni-channel push but no critical ask. Actually, let’s not.

Published: Feb 20, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,188 words)

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)