“Your Honor, Can I Tell the Whole Story?”

A murder in New Orleans, a trial that lasted less than a day, and the lives they entangled for the next three decades. Published in partnership with The Lens.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Dec 1, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,000 words)

The Wild Ones

People said that women had no place in the Grand Canyon and would likely die trying to run the Colorado River. In 1938, two female scientists set out to prove them wrong.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 46 minutes (11,500 words)

The Rescue

“A flimsy raft, more than 100 souls, and three teenage heroes—or are they pirates?”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Sep 30, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,010 words)

There Are Places You Cannot Go

“As darkness fell, Nhek and Soem, clutching the tree trunks as flotation devices, eased into the flow of the Mekong, submerging their sweaty bodies into the dark torrent. Water soaked their clothes and splashed their faces as the current carried them south toward freedom.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jul 31, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,421 words)

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)