Too Much Vino and Project Veritas: My Extremely Weird Evening with James O’Keefe

Laura Jedeed vividly brings to life a bizarre evening she spent at James O’Keefe’s book launch. She is left bemused by the spectacle, and no wonder —  it’s a wild ride!

Fake news. Those two words singlehandedly rescued O’Keefe from obscurity and set him on a path to greatness. By Trump’s metric, Project Veritas’ journalism was as real as it gets. As his popularity spread, so too did his conviction that mainstream media could not be trusted. His supporters turned, more and more, to sources that supported the things they already knew to be true.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 1, 2022
Length: 15 minutes (3,768 words)

How Four Women Destroyed 1,200 Tons of Poison Gas — and Defused a Crisis

You may remember the Syrian government’s chemical attacks on civilians. You may also remember the international deal struck to destroy President Bashar al-Assad’s weapons’ stockpile. What you almost certainly don’t know is how the deadly chemicals were actually destroyed, or who figured out how to do it. This is the behind-the-scenes story.

The unlikely solution would ultimately involve the cooperation of 17 countries, the warp-speed work of a small cohort of U.S. Army chemists, and squabbling and infighting within the highest echelons of the U.S. government. It headed off U.S. military intervention in Syria and helped earn the Nobel Peace Prize for the intergovernmental organization under whose banner it was carried out. But before all that, the kernel of the idea — to destroy Assad’s chemical arsenal on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea — and the duty of seeing it through began with a team of anonymous young women in a dismal office, burrowed deep inside an obscure federal agency.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 27, 2022
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)

He Spent 25 Years Infiltrating Nazis, the Klan, and Biker Gangs

“At six feet four and 260 pounds, he fills up a room without meaning to, though he never wastes time trying to merge with his surroundings. He’s funny and profane and could charm a lampshade off its base with his whiskey-sour drawl and Harley swagger. Small wonder that even strangers at the Quik Mart call him Tex, though he’s as much from Amarillo as you or me.

But being a giant with full tat sleeves is its own disguise: No one sees you and thinks ‘plainclothes cop’ hiding cameras in your leathers. That’s the trademark of a crack undercover: a genius for playing yourself.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jan 30, 2022
Length: 31 minutes (7,976 words)

The Lost Diary of Anthony Bourdain

“When his celebrity was at its height and he couldn’t walk a street on this planet without getting recognized, jiujitsu gave Bourdain a new, anonymous world to traverse, one where he was just one of us.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Dec 11, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,132 words)

Marilyn Manson: The Monster Hiding in Plain Sight

“Even as speculation grew online that Warner was Wood’s alleged abuser, the traditional media remained largely silent. Virtually no major outlets prior to 2020 directly referenced or alluded to the accusations against him in their profiles, interviews, or album reviews.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Nov 14, 2021
Length: 39 minutes (9,777 words)

Beijing Calling: Suspicion, Hope, and Resistance in the Chinese Rock Underground

“China has produced some of the most vital indie rock on the planet. But can the scene survive gentrification, government crackdowns, and a hit TV show?”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jun 24, 2021
Length: 31 minutes (7,800 words)

The Sky Thief

“He was not a pilot; he worked ground crew for Horizon Air. His core duties revolved around loading baggage onto short-haul flights, but he was also trained to tow planes on the tarmac. Silently, and without warning, he’d gone rogue.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jun 24, 2021
Length: 31 minutes (7,935 words)

Meet the Undercover Anti-Fascists

Deplatform Hate is a group of “anti-fascist researchers and activists who infiltrate and expose Proud Boys, neo-Nazis, militias, and other members of the violent far right.”

Author: Andy Kroll
Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 14, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,526 words)

The Secret Life of H.G. Carrillo

“As a black man claiming a manufactured cultural experience and ethnicity, Carrillo is a complicated figure.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 11, 2021
Length: 32 minutes (8,067 words)

The Ballad of Justin Townes Earle

“He was a brilliant songwriter who built his own legend but couldn’t outrun the darkness that came with it. Earle’s wife, friends and collaborators recall his magnetic personality, the real-life stories behind his songs, and his heartbreaking final days.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jan 15, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,506 words)