Seven Days on the Oprah Cruise

When the author takes her megafan mom on a cruise ship with Oprah and 2,000 other disciples, everyone’s dream comes true: Oprah finally visits Alaska, and the author’s mom finally meets her idol. For like ten seconds.

Published: Sep 29, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,662 words)

Justin Bieber Made a New Jersey Suburb Lose Its Mind This Summer

Justin Bieber spent his summer in a quiet American suburb doing what most people do: He went to the mall, purchased beverages at Starbucks, and played basketball in a driveway. His appearances caught a community off guard and made them ravenous for gossip.

Published: Oct 1, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Preet Bharara Is Now in the Trump-Opposition Business

A profile of Preet Bharara, who earlier this year was fired by Donald Trump from his position as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and has a new career as a podcaster. Bharara, known as a crusader against corporate corruption, will decipher legal issues on the podcast — Stay Tuned with Preet, launched last week through his younger brother’s holding company, Some Spider Studios — including but not limited to those having to do with investigations of the president and his business dealings.

Published: Oct 2, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,123 words)

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?

In a little more than a decade, Facebook has become one of the most important technology companies in the world. But as it’s grown, the company has had to try to figure out how to govern its 2 billion users, something it hasn’t quite managed. In light of that, Max Read grapples with an increasingly important problem: What exactly is Mark Zuckerberg’s world-spanning empire?

Author: Max Read
Published: Oct 1, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,980 words)

My Life in Domestic Goddesses

A personal essay in which Emily Gould pays homage to the wide range of women food writers and cookbook authors who affected her own cooking, and her lifestyle aspirations, over the course of her adult life so far.

Published: Sep 21, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,726 words)

This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley

In this excerpt from Pao’s upcoming book, she traces her six years at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a junior partner and chief of staff, and the relentless harassment and sexism she witnessed as she rose to the top.

Author: Ellen Pao
Published: Aug 20, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

Fashion for the 67 Percent: A Revolution in the Plus-Size Market

An article about the burgeoning business of plus-size women’s fashion. Author Ashley C. Ford also weaves in her own story — as a plus-size customer who often has a hard time finding clothes in regular stores, and as someone who was discouraged from her dream of designing plus-size clothes.

Published: Aug 7, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,787 words)

Now, This Is a Supermodel

A profile of the plus-size model Ashley Graham, who has appeared on the covers of Vogue and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and has become an ambassador of a beauty movement that celebrates the bodies of real people.

Author: Jada Yuan
Published: Aug 6, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,073 words)

What I Know About My Best Friend’s Murder

An excerpt of The Hot One: a Memoir of Friendship, Sex and Murder, by Carolyn Murnick. Murnick tries to make sense of the stabbing death of her childhood best friend at 22, in 2001, just eight months after they last saw each other.

Published: Jul 25, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,435 words)

What’ll It Be For The New York Diner?

Diners were once essential threads in the fabric of New York City life. Now they’re dying off. Their loss signals a fundamental shift in not only the city’s tastes and economy, but the city’s evolving identity and values. Thankfully, not all are giving up their 22 different hamburgers and 24 types of omelettes yet.

Author: Adam Platt
Published: Jun 28, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,990 words)