The Perfect Man Who Wasn’t

Con man Derek Alldred met women on a dating site and swindled them out of more than a million dollars. The women found that there was little law enforcement could do to help them, so they banded together to take him down.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,786 words)

What Amazon Does to Poor Cities

Depressed cities hoping Amazon fulfillment jobs will lift them have been left wanting.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 1, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,353 words)

The Shallowness of Google Translate

Despite advances in machine learning and ever-bigger datasets, rumors of human translators’ imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 30, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,766 words)

The New Age of Astrology

What’s behind the recent surge of interest in astrology — especially among millennials?

Author: Julie Beck
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 16, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,459 words)

Could Facebook Be Tried for Human-Rights Abuses?

In Myanmar, Facebook is the de facto internet. Does that mean they can be legally responsible for their actions — or lack thereof — when content there influences politics or incites violence?

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 20, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,762 words)

The Making of an American Nazi

Luke O’Brien profiles Andrew Anglin, a one-time anti-racist vegan who’s grown up to become the publisher of the world’s biggest neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer. By chronicling hundreds of heart-stopping details from dozens of sources across decades of dangerous behavior, O’Brien’s work sets a brave and timely example for how to report on extremism responsibly.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 40 minutes (10,000 words)

The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future

Leslie Jamison profiles several long-term, hard-core users of Second Life, an online platform in which you create a fantasy alter-ego. Your “selective self” resides in a virtual world that allows you to leave behind everything you don’t like about yourself and your real life.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,171 words)

What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

The Atlantic‘s Ross Andersen travels to China to visit the world’s largest radio dish built for seeking out extraterrestrial intelligence. On the trip he meets Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, for a wide-ranging discussion about the risks of making contact.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 8, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,105 words)

On Safari in Trump’s America

A journey into the next frontier of anthropological tourism: unsuspecting towns in the American “heartland.”

Author: Molly Ball
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 23, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,509 words)

Death at a Penn State Fraternity

Tim Piazza fought for life for 12 hours while his Beta Theta Pi brothers alternatively did nothing, or continued to abuse him — and it’s all on video.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 12, 2017
Length: 37 minutes (9,488 words)