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)

Raising a Teenage Daughter

For The California Sunday‘s “Teens Issue,” Elizabeth Weil writes about raising a teenage daughter. The piece is annotated by her 15-year-old daughter, Hannah W. Duane.

Published: Nov 30, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,684 words)

The College Try

Tuition-free college has become a reality for more than half of California’s high school graduates. The catch is that eligible students still can’t afford rent, food, or books.

Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)

To Catch a Counterfeiter

Western companies pay private detectives to infiltrate and bust China’s $400 billion counterfeit industry. This is what the job is like on the ground.

Published: Aug 3, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,807 words)

Losing Gloria

After their mother was arrested and deported to Nogales, Mexico, the Marin children became wards of the state, forced to split up and live in separate homes in an overwhelmed and underfunded foster care system. Their story is just one example of the roughly half a million U.S.-born children who’ve lost a parent to arrest, detention, and deportation between 2009 and 2013.

Published: Jun 1, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,730 words)