‘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)

America Is Still the Future

Sullivan reflects back on his time as a foreigner in the U.S. and how he learned to embrace the country’s flaws and virtues during his journey of becoming a citizen.

Published: Jan 22, 2017
Length: 29 minutes (7,461 words)

Considering the Novel in the Age of Obama

Have “postmodern” and “postwar” have become outmoded as classifications for novels? Lorentzen suggests it’s more useful to look at trends in fiction relative to the administration they were released under. During Obama’s, he says, novelists looked to answer questions of authenticity. During Trump’s, he anticipates dystopian narratives.

Published: Jan 11, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,640 words)

The Young Trump

“There were three campaign managers. There was only one son-in-law.” A look at how Ivanka Trump’s husband, real estate developer Jared Kushner, became one of Donald Trump’s closest advisers — and what it means for both of them over the next four years.

Published: Jan 8, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,050 words)

Can a Gun Victim and a Gun Advocate Change Each Other’s Minds?

Gun advocates and victims of gun violence meet together to participate in a “story exchange” in which they pair up to share personal stories, and then tell their partner’s story in the first person in front of the group. The process, organized by Narrative 4, is supposed to engender “transformative empathy,” to get two people with opposing points of views to understand the other side.

Published: Dec 26, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,443 words)

Truth, Lies, and Videotape

When writer Kelly Luce spends a week in a women’s detention center in Japan for a crime she didn’t commit, she learns about the difference between perception and reality, and what justice and punishment mean in a country known for honor and low crime.

Author: Kelly Luce
Published: Nov 18, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,801 words)

Tim Robbins’s Prison Improv Classes Make Inmates Less Likely to Re-Offend

A look at the Actors Gang Prison Project, an improv workshop actors Tim Robbins and Sabra Williams have been leading for inmates for ten years, which has been shown to reduce recidivism rates.

Published: Nov 14, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,092 words)