Escape from Kabul

“As the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan in August, the Sadaat family was unsure if they’d ever make it back home to Texas.”

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Nov 29, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

No Other Option

“Across the country, medical boards allow abusive doctors to keep seeing patients. And patients addicted to opioids keep going back.”

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Oct 4, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,650 words)


“Prior to his arrest, local authorities had dismissed nearly all of those incidents as an unusual spike in natural deaths—a run of bad luck. But public records and interviews reveal that, time after time, investigators in Dallas made critical mistakes and overlooked or ignored signs of foul play.”


Author: Lise Olsen
Source: Texas Observer
Published: Feb 8, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,762 words)

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

“Prison families, researchers, and even TDCJ officials agree that visitation is a critical lifeline for incarcerated people, and integral to their rehabilitation. Research has shown that visits with loved ones can maintain and strengthen social ties that can help prevent criminal behavior during and after incarceration.


Source: Texas Observer
Published: Jan 22, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,100 words)

How We Got Here

“Texas’ health system has been underfunded, understaffed, and unprepared for years. Here, COVID-19 found the perfect place to spread.”

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Nov 9, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,065 words)

Something in the Air

In the Texas Panhandle, which produces a fifth of the U.S. beef supply, communities are being choked by fecal dust from nearby feedlots. The state’s regulatory agency isn’t doing anything about it — and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Feb 3, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,919 words)

The Prison Inside Prison

Decades with no personal contact, no way back into the general prison population, cut off from the possibility of parole — solitary confinement is an ongoing experiment in cruelty on human subjects.

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Jan 21, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,335 words)

A Dying Town

Texas’ rural hospitals are closing in record numbers, and without access to medical help in an emergency, Texans’ lives are in danger.

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Nov 4, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,652 words)

Life And Limb

Sophie Novack reports on why residents of the Rio Grande Valley lose limbs and appendages to diabetes-related amputation at a rate 50 percent higher than anywhere else in the United States.

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Mar 1, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,797 words)

Checkpoint Nation

ICE is bad, but as that agency gets the bulk of critics’ ire, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency legally operates within 100 miles of the border, where it needs neither warrents nor explanations to search and detain American citizens. Civil liberties are in danger. How did this happen?

Source: Texas Observer
Published: Oct 8, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,074 words)