Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades

The New York Times investigates three decades worth of sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein Company’s board fired Harvey Weinstein shortly after this investigation was published.

Source: New York Times
Published: Oct 5, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,904 words)

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

Companies like Nestlé and PepsiCo are aggressively marketing their processed food products in developing nations like Brazil and India. The result: a global epidemic of obesity-related illnesses, where instead of malnutrition and hunger, more people are now obese than underweight.

Source: New York Times
Published: Sep 16, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,553 words)

The Rise and Fall of Liz Smith, Celebrity Accomplice

At 92, gossip columnist Liz Smith is recovering from a stroke, but still looking for a scoop. She pioneered a kind of celebrity journalism in the 1980s that made national news: she made celebrities like her. Her friendship with Ivana Trump soon became part of the story, as the Trump divorce ripped headlines away from international news, like the falling of the Berlin Wall.

Source: New York Times
Published: Jul 28, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,700 words)

The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’

An exhausted single mother takes a bath and her five-year-old daughter wanders out of the apartment and is found outside. Instead of being returned to her mother, a neighbor calls Children’s Services  and the daughter is put in foster care. For women living in poor neighborhoods with few child care options, a single mistake can lead to a legal nightmare.

Source: New York Times
Published: Jul 21, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax

What depression was to the 1990s anxiety is to right now, growing from a medical condition into our national sociological state. What’s happening?

Source: New York Times
Published: Jun 10, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,178 words)

A Mother’s Death, a Botched Inquiry and a Sheriff at War

After a law enforcement officer reinvestigates the death of a 24-year-old mother, who was found shot on the night she broke up with her deputy sheriff boyfriend, one of Florida’s most powerful sheriffs becomes antagonized and launches a personal years-long attack against the investigator.

Source: New York Times
Published: Jun 17, 2017
Length: 30 minutes (7,743 words)

In California, Finding ‘Fat City’ With the Man Who Wrote It

In 1969, an author from Stockton, California published one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. He rarely talked publicly about it or why he never published another book. One poet spent the weekend strolling with the author through the old hotels and boxing rings of this inland port city, talking books, his inspiration and future possibilities.

Source: New York Times
Published: May 30, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,107 words)

Will London Fall?

In an increasingly insular Britain, the world’s most cosmopolitan capital is bracing for an uncertain future.

Source: New York Times
Published: Apr 11, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,838 words)

Handmaids Rising

Margaret Atwood on what ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,” written in 1984, means in the age of Trump.

Source: New York Times
Published: Mar 10, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,560 words)

The Fighter

The story of Sam Siatta, a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Afghanistan who returned home with PTSD and landed in prison after committing a crime he says he doesn’t remember.

Source: New York Times
Published: Dec 28, 2016
Length: 73 minutes (18,429 words)