The Billboard

When artist Stephanie Montgomery told the police that she was raped at work, neither they nor her manager helped, so she sought justice her way.

Published: May 30, 2019
Length: 33 minutes (8,330 words)

What Remains

Studying glaciers has taught science about the Earth’s age and natural cycles. So what does the death of one California glacier tell us about our future?

Published: Apr 4, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,672 words)

Her Time

Sometimes the question was if. Usually, though, it was when. Debra said that she would kill herself before she lost herself completely. She would wait for as long as she could because she did not want to die, but she wouldn’t wait too long.

Published: Mar 20, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,500 words)

The Deported Americans

This is how the children of undocumented immigrants live in a purgatory between two cultures when they get sent “back” to a country where they didn’t grow up.

Published: Jan 31, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,863 words)

Safe Houses

Around the country, a network of women like Mily Treviño-Sauceda and Valentina are helping Latina farm-workers escape domestic violence and abuses at work, learn their rights, and connect with social services. They believe that if immigrants can’t confront violence at home, they can never combat workplace discrimination.

Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,768 words)

After the Miracle

The Bangalore-based tech company called Infosys employs more people than Facebook and Google combined. It builds and maintains software for large American companies, and it helped build India’s IT industry. Now that industry is bracing for not only massive layoffs, but what the author calls the end of “India’s dominance of IT services”.

Published: May 31, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,957 words)

What Happened in Vegas

Las Vegas has long been more of a metaphor than a city, a place to lose yourself — or at least lose your money. But now also it’s a city tied up with a new identity of death and mourning, a city that is #VegasStrong. “The city passed all the expected emotions to pivot to strength,” writes Amanda Fortini. “What about #VegasSad, they joked, or #VegasAngry, or #VegasDepressed?”

Published: May 21, 2018
Length: 31 minutes (7,805 words)

Whatever’s Your Darkest Secret, You Can Ask Me

A feature on a growing secret network women who — bucking the law and the medical establishment — are getting trained to offer abortions, safely and inexpensively, in the privacy of women’s homes.

Published: Mar 28, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,799 words)

The Last Days of Jerry Brown

First elected governor of California in 1974, his progressive values have put him ahead of the curve, though his environmental policy and disorganization also earned him criticism. He’s now the state’s oldest governor. This is the story of his last days in office, and a portrait of his 40 years of public service.

Author: Andy Kroll
Published: Mar 18, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,745 words)

A Kingdom from Dust

Stewart Resnick is the world’s largest irrigated farmer. He lives in Beverly Hills and has never driven a tractor. His California empire of fruit, almonds and pistachios helped turn the state’s nut boom into a national controversy, thanks in part to his wife Lynda Resnick’s ingenious branding of their crops as healthy snacks. Despite the catastrophic five-year drought and a lack of state and federal irrigation water, the Resnick’s acres in Kern County continued to thrive. So how were they able to outsmart Mother Nature? And what was the true cost to California? San Joaquin Valley native and journalist Marx Arax travels to the company town of Lost Hills, where he follows a secret pipeline to the truth. Arax was been trying to write Stewart Resnick’s story for twenty years. Resnick declined all interview requests, until old age and cancer changed his mind.

Author: Mark Arax
Published: Feb 1, 2018
Length: 79 minutes (19,858 words)