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)

How a Con Man’s Wild Testimony Sent Dozens to Jail, and 4 to Death Row

Paul Skalnik is a grifter and criminal. Now a man may be executed because of his dubious testimony. Why did prosecutors rely on him as an informant?

Published: Dec 4, 2019
Length: 54 minutes (13,500 words)

Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?

In 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted first interviewed 14 children from varying socio-economic demographics n England to investigate the maxim, “Give me a child until he is 7, and I will give you the man.” He’s returned to interview the original subjects every seven years to see how their lives have turned out. What’s been called “the most profound documentary series in the history of cinema” has discovered that the maxim is false; as we all know, life is far more complicated than that.

Published: Nov 27, 2019
Length: 34 minutes (8,730 words)

Congratulations, You’re a Congresswoman. Now What?

Ayanna Pressley and Abigail Spanberger were part of a wave of Democrats who took office this year full of hope. Maintaining it has not been easy.

Published: Nov 18, 2019
Length: 57 minutes (14,400 words)

The Mister Rogers No One Saw

As Jeanne Marie Laskas remembers her friendship with Fred Rogers, she recalls his obsession with “the meager and the marginalized,” the universal human need to create, and his firm belief that what’s most essential about us as humans is invisible to the eye.

Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,212 words)

What College Admissions Offices Really Want

An investigation into the difference between the diversity colleges say they want, and what their bottom lines demand.

Author: Paul Tough
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,030 words)