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)

The Living Disappeared

During Argentina’s military dictatorship, some 500 babies were born in secret torture centers or kidnapped. A group of grandmothers spent the next four decades searching for them. This is the story of one missing boy, named Martín.

Published: Apr 22, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,557 words)

Cooking Lessons

Two successful chefs decided to open a chain of healthy fast food restaurants in lower income neighborhoods where fresh, nutritious food is scarce. They started in Watts and hired in Watts. They kept prices low, wages fair and quality high. They were disrupting conventional fast food. Their model had a mandate. Making it work has been difficult.

Published: Mar 30, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,952 words)

Below Deck

Lizzie Presser reports on the Dickensian treatment of Filipino workers aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships — where the routine involves 12 and 14-hour days, seven-days a week for paltry pay and zero overtime — just to be able to provide better lives for families they rarely get to see.

Published: Feb 2, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,371 words)

The Great Exception

“We’ve got the scientists. We’ve got the universities. We have the national labs. We have a lot of political clout and sophistication for the battle. And we will persevere,” says California governor Jerry Brown. This first piece in a series explores the relationship between the Golden State and Donald Trump’s Washington.

Author: Andy Kroll
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,064 words)

My Dinners with Harold

How a reserved literature grad student named Harold McGee used a scientific approach to cooking that changed the way the culinary world speaks and thinks about food.

Published: Dec 1, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,180 words)


When one young unidentified Mexican national ends up comatose in the hospital after a car crash in the California desert, he comes to represent the struggle thousands of families endure when their friends or family disappear crossing the US-Mexico border.

Published: Dec 5, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,299 words)