Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’

Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood is the East Coast’s largest open-air drug market whose strong, inexpensive heroin attracts drug users from all over the country. Some locals commute there to score. Some work as guides, helping visitors shop and procure clean needles. The overdose rate is high. Rape, murder, and violence are common. Dead bodies end up in the bushes. As one user put it: “People think we are having fun down here. Are you insane? I live under a bridge.” The city doesn’t know what to do about it.

Published: Oct 11, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,076 words)

Heart Doctor

Novelist Angela Flournoy profiles Barry Jenkins, Academy Award-winning director of “Moonlight,” as he prepares to release his newest feature — an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Published: Oct 4, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,343 words)

The Morality Wars

Wesley Morris on culture, art, and criticism is essential reading: “Groups who have been previously marginalized can now see that they don’t have to remain marginal. Spending time with work that insults or alienates them has never felt acceptable. Now they can do something about it. They’ve demanded to be taken seriously, and now that they kind of are, they can’t not act…But as urgent as these correctives, cancellations, pre-emptions and proscriptions may be, they do start to take a toll. It can be hard to tell when we’re consuming art and when we’re conducting H.R.”

Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,517 words)

Lady Gaga Isn’t Done Shape-Shifting Yet

Rachel Syme profiles Lady Gaga upon the release of her new film, “A Star is Born.”

Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,971 words)

Gary Keith and Ron, the Magi of Mets Nation

Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling — the broadcast trio for “baseball’s unwanted stepchildren,” the Mets — salvage yet another hopeless season in the booth by improvising around the part where “the Mets haven’t played a meaningful game in months.”

Published: Sep 25, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,759 words)

How Maya Rudolph Became the Master of Impressions

Caity Weaver profiles actress and comedian Maya Rudolph upon the debut of her new series, “Forever.”

Published: Sep 14, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,611 words)

War Without End

“The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another.”

Published: Aug 7, 2018
Length: 45 minutes (11,261 words)

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

We’ve long known we’re headed for climate change disaster. And in the 1980s, a small group of scientists, activists, and politicians almost got us to do something about it. Almost.

Published: Aug 1, 2018
Length: 122 minutes (30,663 words)

How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million

“Inside the growth of Goop — the most controversial brand in the wellness industry.”

Published: Jul 25, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,212 words)

The Water Wars of Arizona

Destructively lax water policies and capitalistic opportunism made desert Arizona ripe for agricultural exploitation. As the ancient aquifer drops in southern Arizona’s Sulphur Springs Valley, corporate farmers and local residents battle to reach what’s left, but when will the water run out?

Published: Jul 19, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,045 words)