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)

Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?

Thomas Chatterton Williams profiles the conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper.

Published: Jun 27, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,238 words)

Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It

“Most of the people who have complaints with me aren’t reading me,” says Jonathan Franzen, but he’s a process guy. He doesn’t read anything by his readers. They could write the book on reading him, but he wouldn’t read it and neither would they.

Published: Jun 26, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,915 words)

The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment

How did a former television star and a self-help guru convince women to join an organization named Nxivm that’s now being accused of running a “sex-slave cult”? It turns out that “humans are highly programmable.”

Published: May 30, 2018
Length: 34 minutes (8,632 words)

The Prisoners Who Care for the Dying and Get Another Chance at Life

How some inmates serving life sentences in prison work 10-15 hours a day, seven days a week so that terminally ill fellow prisoners do not have to die alone.

Published: May 16, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,841 words)

The Baby-Formula Crime Ring

It’s pricey, it’s portable, its users need it constantly, and retailers love to buy it at a discount. All of which makes it a perfect product to steal.

Published: May 2, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,466 words)

A Lynching’s Long Shadow

The story of Elwood Higginbothom, a sharecropper and possible labor activist lynched in Oxford, Mississippi in 1935, is told to his descendants for the first time.

Published: Apr 25, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,018 words)