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)

The Great A.I. Awakening

The story of how Google’s developed artificial intelligence to vastly improve its translation service, Google Translate, and what machine learning might be able to do in the near future.

Source: New York Times
Published: Dec 14, 2016
Length: 60 minutes (15,174 words)

The Trials of a Boxing Romantic

Many people can’t believe that a talented, widely published sports writer makes his living by giving boxing lessons in Central Park. But Brin­-Jonathan Butler is for real. You can see for yourself, and like the boxers he writes about, he fights to get by.

Source: New York Times
Published: Dec 15, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,206 words)

Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’

Climate change has made subsistence farming nearly impossible for West Africans living in hot and arid regions, forcing many of them to leave their homes and become migrants in search of a way to make a living.

Source: New York Times
Published: Dec 15, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,174 words)

Artists and Their Muse: Gentrification

A round-up profile on artists in New York City who are negatively affected by gentrification, recognize their role in it, and make art about it.

Source: New York Times
Published: Dec 2, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,289 words)

For Deaf Tennis Player, Sound Is No Barrier

South Korea’s Lee Duck-hee is 18 years old and ranked 143rd in the world in a sport where hearing the ball is considered crucial.

Source: New York Times
Published: Nov 22, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,480 words)