Surviving R. Kelly

In the most recent of a more than 20-year long catalogue of R. Kelly’s alleged abuses against women, a former girlfriend speaks out speaks out about the terrifying years she spent with the singer.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Oct 23, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,796 words)

Trans, Teen and Homeless: America’s Most Vulnerable Population

Laura Rena Murray chronicles the dangers trans teens face as they attempt to create a life for themselves while living in the streets of New York City.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Sep 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,652 words)

Punk Poet Eileen Myles on Combating Trump, Capitalism With Art

A profile of punk poet Eileen Myles, who has a new memoir out, Afterglow, and whose first autobiographical novel, Cool for You, has recently been re-released with an introduction by I Love Dick author Chris Kraus.

Myles (who prefers gender-neutral pronouns) has been publishing since the 70s, but has lately been experiencing a new wave of popularity, and gathering new young fans, because of their Twitter presence, and also because of the character inspired by them on Transparent. Myles speaks with interviewer Helena Fitzgerald about the importance of poetry and art as forms of resistance right now, under the current U.S. presidential administration.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Sep 11, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,320 words)

The Brutal Rise of El Mencho

Mexico’s most widespread, violent drug cartel has $20 billion dollars in savings, owns half the Jalisco police and keeps expanding. Instead of growing heroin or marijuana, they manufacture methamphetamine, which has a higher profit margin and requires no open fields. They flew under the DEA’s radar by selling in Europe, Asia and Australia instead of the US. They’re based in a coastal regionwith busy shipping ports and even used submarines to avoid detection. They have a complete disregard for human life. They’re called the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG, and they’re very successful.

Author: Josh Eells
Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jul 11, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,634 words)

Chris Rock in a Hard Place: On Infidelity, His New Tour and Starting Over

Stephen Rodrick goes on tour with the comedian as Rock grapples with post-divorce life and preparations for a new comedy special.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: May 3, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,227 words)

‘9 to 5’ Turns 35, and It’s Still Radical Today

An interview with Patricia Resnick, who wrote the original screenplay for the painfully-still-relevant 1980 office comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin. It ran in December 2015 on the 35th anniversary of the film’s release. Still relevant and radical in 2017.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Dec 28, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,335 words)

The Radical Crusade of Mike Pence

A deep look into the career and voting record of Vice President Mike Pence during his time in Indiana government.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jan 23, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,556 words)

The Mystery of James Franco: Inside His Manic Days and Sleepless Nights

“The real question when it comes to Franco ‘isn’t whether or not he’s legit. He’s legit. It’s whether or not he’s insane.'”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Mar 23, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,729 words)

Scammers and Spammers: Inside Online Dating’s Sex Bot Con Job

Dating and hookup sites are filled with bots that convince real people into handing over their money.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 1, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,067 words)

‘Star Wars’ Strikes Back: Behind the Scenes of the Biggest Movie of the Year

Terrific Brian Hiatt feature on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ including profiles of the new stars, and interviews with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher on their own complicated feelings about the franchise.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Dec 3, 2015
Length: 29 minutes (7,435 words)