The Future Dystopic Hellscape is Upon Us

“The rise and fall of the ultimate doomsday prepper.”

Author: Sam Biddle
Source: The Intercept
Published: Jul 5, 2021
Length: 48 minutes (12,142 words)

In ‘Cherry,’ the Bank Robber Is the Victim. What About the Teller He Held Up?

“Erasure doesn’t have to be an act. It can be a process too.”

Source: The Intercept
Published: Mar 13, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,700 words)

The El Paso Experiment

“A public defender’s lonely fight against family separation.”

Source: The Intercept
Published: Nov 1, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

The Power to Kill

When a prosecutor states that she won’t seek the death penalty in any cases, is she exercising prosecutorial judgement or abdicating it? Aramis Ayala and the state of Florida don’t agree.

Source: The Intercept
Published: Dec 3, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,966 words)

Bodies in the Borderlands

Rather than deterring unlawful entry, US border policy has helped create a humanitarian crisis, where untold numbers of migrants die or fall ill in the scorching Arizona desert. When concerned citizens, like Ajo’s Scott Walker, form groups to help gather migrants’ bodily remains and offer water and medical aid to the living, officials treats these humanitarians as criminals who help enable unlawful entry and commit conspiracy. And people keep dying in the desert.

Source: The Intercept
Published: May 4, 2019
Length: 49 minutes (12,493 words)

The Infiltrator

Even as the people protesting the Dakota Access pipeline became suspicious about other activists’ loyalties, a security firm successfully planted a bearded ex-Marine undercover to gather intelligence about the protesters. Besides fueling paranoia, did the operative’s activities change anything?

Source: The Intercept
Published: Dec 30, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,439 words)

A Boundless Battlefield: What Happens When a Barrio 18 Soldier Tries to Leave the Gang

Gang members in El Salvador are considered ruined, beyond redemption. So what’s life like for a gang member who manages to get out?

Source: The Intercept
Published: Nov 17, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,436 words)

What Happened at the Lake

Wendell Lindsey is serving life prison for murdering his daughter. Maybe he did, or maybe he’s also a victim — of junk science, personal vendettas, weak investigation, and bad attorneys.

Source: The Intercept
Published: Sep 8, 2018
Length: 41 minutes (10,312 words)

What Happened to Rachel Gray?

Two decades after a judge sentenced Barry Jones to death for the rape and murder of 4-year-old Arizona girl, critics claim the foundation of his trial is fraught with problems. Arizona won’t reopen the case, but Jones is awaiting an evidentiary hearing. So if he didn’t kill her, who did?

Source: The Intercept
Published: Oct 23, 2017
Length: 47 minutes (11,957 words)

Forrest the Butcher: Memphis Wants to Remove a Statue Honoring First Grand Wizard of the KKK

The City Council of Memphis, a majority black city that is the 25th largest in the US, wants to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. But the Tennessee legislature requires a governor-appointed commission to approve all changes to military and historical monuments throughout the state. Last year, the commission denied the city’s request to remove the monument to Forrest, who made a living in the slave trade and led a massacre of black Union soldiers during the Civil War.

Source: The Intercept
Published: Sep 2, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,401 words)