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)

Highway to Hell: A Trip Down Afghanistan’s Deadliest Road

“The $300 million Kabul-Kandahar road was meant to be a symbol of the new Afghanistan. Today it reveals everything that has gone wrong in America’s longest war.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jan 22, 2021
Length: 28 minutes (7,027 words)

The Spirit of Neil Peart

“Rush’s virtuoso drum hero lived by his own rules, to the very end. For the first time since Peart’s passing, his bandmates and widow discuss his legacy and his final years.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jan 7, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,674 words)

How Do Women Become White Supremacists?

“Anyone who joins the hate movement is a seeker to some degree, and maybe there are circumstances that make them particularly primed to be recruited. They’re seeking something in that moment — maybe it’s power, maybe it’s meaning, maybe it’s money because they see a potential profit in running a subscription-based platform.”

Author: EJ Dickson
Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jul 16, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,256 words)

The Power of Black Lives Matter

“How the movement that’s changing America was built and where it goes next.” Do you know the names Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi? You do now.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,809 words)

Rewriting Country Music’s Racist History

“First, you exclude black people from the festivals. Then write them out by not recording them. And pretty soon, ‘you have this manufactured image of country music being white and being poor. But when a narrative is that clean,’ Giddens warns, ‘somebody wrote it.'”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jun 5, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,935 words)

American Plague

“Racism watered this country from its very seedlings, and it has had a long time to grow unimpeded. Ending its influence, both on our very person and on public policy, is a demolition job.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jun 3, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,943 words)

Bad Bunny in Captivity

What is the chic, Puerto Rican pop star doing in quarantine, and what makes him so irrestisable? (Note: This is the first cover story in Rolling Stone history written by a Latina, and photographed by a Latina.)

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: May 14, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,569 words)

Life Without Live

Now that pandemic has temporarily ended live musical performance, how do music fans deal with its absence?

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: May 4, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,405 words)