Learning to Swim Taught Me More Than I Bargained For

In this braided essay, Jazmine Hughes contemplates her resistance to both learning to swim and coming out, and the empowerment each experience offers her when she finally surrenders to them.

Published: Mar 24, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,005 words)

What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick with Coronavirus

“You shouldn’t stay here,” he says, but he gets more frightened as night comes, dreading the long hours of fever and soaking sweats and shivering and terrible aches. “This thing grinds you like a mortar,” he says.

Published: Mar 24, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,227 words)

The Wing Is a Women’s Utopia. Unless You Work There.

Surprise: women’s empowerment harnessed to American-style capitalism delivers more inequality, and an Instagram wall can’t fix it.

Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,140 words)

The Jazz Icon Sonny Rollins Knows Life Is A Solo Trip.

David Marchese talks to jazz genius Sonny Rollins about why he decided not to publish his ideas on saxophone technique and harmony and his distinct lack of nostalgia for jazz days gone by.

Published: Feb 24, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,531 words)

The Great Wall Street Housing Grab

Hundreds of thousands of single-family homes are now in the hands of giant companies—squeezing renters for revenue and putting the American dream even further out of reach.

Published: Mar 4, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

The Money Behind Trump’s Money

The inside story of the president and Deutsche Bank, his lender of last resort.

Published: Feb 4, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

‘High Maintenance’ and the New TV Fantasy of New York

Isolation perfumes the show, and this is the thing about High Maintenance, with its obsessive verisimilitude, that actually feels the most accurate. It’s a truism that living around so many others can make you feel paradoxically lonely, yet there are entirely novel ways of being alone, together. There are new ones invented every day.

Published: Jan 30, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,918 words)

How ‘West Side Story’ Was Reborn

Inside the wildly ambitious effort to reimagine the classic musical for 2020.

Published: Jan 22, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,650 words)

Shadow of a Doubt

In 2011, Michael Shannon was wrongly convicted of murder, even though two jurors voted to acquit him—a result of a Louisiana law rooted in discrimination. For defendants like Shannon and the holdout jurors who believed in their innocence, it has left a bitter legacy.

Published: Jan 16, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,800 words)

What’s Wrong With Me?

Autoimmune disease occurs when the body attacks the very thing it was supposed to protect — you. Meghan O’Rouke found herself grappling with what remains one of the most mysterious categories of disease.

Published: Aug 26, 2013
Length: 21 minutes (5,258 words)