Commonwealth v. Mohamed

“The evidence shows that if this were Jimmy Smith from Georgetown, not Mohamed Abdallah, who got in an accident with the Samses, we would not be here today.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Mar 31, 2019
Length: 43 minutes (10,771 words)

The Minnesota Murderess

“Just as much as the state needed to punish murder, so too did it have to enforce proper womanhood in a rapidly changing social order. Science, journalism, and law, still the dominions of men, were tools for catching bad women and holding them accountable. “

Source: The Atavist
Published: Feb 28, 2019
Length: 39 minutes (9,936 words)

The Desperado

“Paying for his breakfast would require the last of the cash in his wallet. After that, he had only $1.75 left in a Prosperity Bank checking account, which he’d opened roughly eight years earlier. But Averill wasn’t worried about money. The bank was less than a block away, and when he finished eating he was going to rob it.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jan 31, 2019
Length: 39 minutes (9,825 words)

The End of Forever

What happens when an adoption fails? The harrowing story of one young boy in Florida.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Dec 31, 2018
Length: 44 minutes (11,000 words)

Blood Cries Out

On a Missouri farm, two families worked the land side by side, until a murder shattered their American dream.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Nov 30, 2018
Length: 92 minutes (23,000 words)

The Whalers’ Odyssey

A courageous tribe, a colossal foe, and a terrifying ocean voyage.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,200 words)

The Trigger Effect

In September 2017, a campus police officer shot and killed a queer college student in Atlanta. By the end of the year, several of the student’s friends had been arrested, and two were dead. What happened at Georgia Tech? The story of a tragedy’s aftermath and the debates it sparked—about police brutality, free speech, gender identity, and civil disobedience.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Aug 31, 2018
Length: 56 minutes (14,000 words)

Axes of Evil

In August 1976, North Korean soldiers stationed in the DMZ hacked two U.S. officers to death with axes. For the next four days, the world teetered on the brink of conflict as Washington plotted revenge—by cutting down a poplar tree.

Author: Josh Dean
Source: The Atavist
Published: Jul 31, 2018
Length: 51 minutes (12,935 words)

Ordinary Person, Wild Radical

Seventeen years before the Stonewall Riots, Dale Jennings proclaimed to a California court that he was a homosexual. It was the first glimmer of a civil rights revolution.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 42 minutes (10,666 words)

Barbearians at the Gate

In the tiny anti-authoritarian town of Grafton, New Hampshire, residents have endured encroachment by bold black bears. In a town driven by a sense of liberty, when government agencies won’t protect the people from bears, then the people will protect themselves. But is the problem bold bear behavior or human behavior?

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jun 1, 2018
Length: 37 minutes (9,255 words)