The Cult of Columbine: How an Obsession With School Shooters Led to a Murder Plot

“Put simply, the world of violent crime is masculine, at least statistically. But the consumers of crime stories are decidedly female. Women make up the majority of the readers of true-crime books and the listeners of true-crime podcasts. Women are not just passively consuming these stories; they are also finding ways to participate in them.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,797 words)

Life on Thin Ice

“Greenland’s melting has been adopted by the world as its own problem. But for the islanders grieving their dissolving world, the crisis is personal, and dangerous.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,816 words)

Athleisure, Barre and Kale: The Tyranny of the Ideal Woman

“Barre feels like exercise the way Sweetgreen feels like eating: both might better be categorized as mechanisms that help you adapt to arbitrary, prolonged agony.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 2, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,545 words)

Boar Wars: How Wild Hogs Are Trashing European Cities

Come to Europe for the Grand Tour! See the Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, the Sagrada Familia, and the newest addition, a colony of wild boars holding up traffic.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,329 words)

The weird magic of eiderdown

“In Iceland, the harvesting of these precious feathers has created a peculiar bond between human and duck. What can this unique relationship teach us?”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 19, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,778 words)

Inside the 21st-Century British Criminal Underworld

Rather than the classic white, pub-going thugs focusing on a single product, be it guns or drugs, England’s new criminal organizations are multinational, tech-savvy, and diversified, aka “polycriminal,” and they have helped make London the world capital of money-laundering.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 4, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,242 words)

The Big Scoop: What A Day With an Ice-Cream Man Taught Me About Modern Britain

“Tony Roach holds Eastbourne together with engine grease and dairy cream.”

Author: Sirin Kale
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 9, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,962 words)

“Children Are Being Poisoned”: California Moms Lead the Way to Pesticide Ban

After years of work, activists got the state of California to ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos, which drifts widely through the state’s Central Valley. These activists are now taking aim at other chemicals and hope their grassroots coalition shows others how to battle the farmers and policy makers who act like human health is just the cost of doing business.

Author: Sam Levin
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 27, 2019
Length: 5 minutes (1,436 words)

Are Your Tinned Tomatoes Picked By Slave Labor?

Italian farmers get 7.5 cents for a kilo of tomatoes. Consumers pay €2, for a 2,567% markup. It’s a mafia-ridden system that can’t exist without exploiting immigrant labor. “In accepting these industrial prices, we’re actually selling the skin of the farm-workers.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 20, 2019
Length: 38 minutes (9,504 words)

The Price of Plenty: How Beef Changed America

Before there was modern agribusiness or assembly-line production plants, there was the American beef industry.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 7, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,415 words)