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)

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)