Rembrandt in the Blood: An Obsessive Aristocrat, Rediscovered Paintings and an Art-World Feud

In Amsterdam, a new fight develops over an old master.

Published: Feb 27, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,009 words)

The True Story Behind an Iconic Vietnam War Photo Was Nearly Erased — Until Now

In February 1968, John Olson took a famous photo of a wounded Marine named Alvin Grantham. Or was it actually of another Marine named James Blaine? Michael Shaw examines the evidence to discover the truth.

Published: Feb 19, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,054 words)

How Tarell Alvin McCraney Moved from ‘Moonlight’ to Broadway

Carvell Wallace profiles the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose ‘Choir Boy’ opened last week at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Published: Jan 15, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,799 words)

Margot Kidder Played Every Character, No Matter How Small, with a Vivid Inner Life

A moving tribute to Margot Kidder, as told through the words of her daughter, Maggie McGuane.

Published: Dec 28, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,853 words)

He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There.

“Max Harris did chores and collected rent at the artists’ warehouse where he lived. Now he faces trial for the deaths at a concert there — including some of his close friends.”

Published: Dec 12, 2018
Length: 45 minutes (11,312 words)

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

Science is still trying to understand the sheer mass and variety of insects on earth. What’s clear is that both are declining at an alarming rate, and for that, the whole planet will suffer.

Published: Nov 27, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,431 words)

Elena Ferrante Stays Out of the Picture

Using email correspondence and notes from the HBO adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” Merve Emre profiles the elusive novelist Elena Ferrante.

Author: Merve Emre
Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,451 words)

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)