Rocky Mountain Massacre

Was Yellowstone’s deadliest wolf hunt in 100 years an inside job? Ryan Devereaux investigates:

“I friggin’ watched that thing, and it’s not a wolf hunt,” Ralph told me. “It’s killing is what it is.”

Much of that killing, Ralph said, was orchestrated by a crew of around 20 locals he recognized from Gardiner, Emigrant, and Livingston. He knew many of the men and watched in his hikes with Sage how they attempted to lure wolves out of the park to mow them down with military-style rifles. He personally stumbled on the skinned corpses of three wolves in the snowy fields of Deckard Flats and elsewhere. The men were visibly on their phones during their hunts, Ralph said. Using a phone to coordinate a kill is a violation of Montana law and the principle of fair chase. FWP confirmed in email that it had received reports of hunters using two-way communications during the wolf hunt north of Yellowstone but that the department issued no citations in conjunction with the complaints. The brazenness, Ralph argued, spoke to a confidence that no one would challenge them. “Who’s going to catch them?” he asked. “We only have one game warden in this whole area, and it’s a big area, and most of the time he’s not here.”

“All these people know that,” he said. “They’re taking advantage of a weak system that we got up here.”

Source: The Intercept
Published: Jul 20, 2022
Length: 41 minutes (10,268 words)

Toxic Tiles

House renovations surged during the pandemic, when work-from-home policies took effect and people were looking for easy, inexpensive ways to upgrade their homes. Enter “luxury vinyl tile,” of which big-box stores like Home Depot sell massive quantities. But, as reported in The Intercept, this in-demand vinyl flooring is created from plastic made by Uyghur workers under extremely dangerous and toxic conditions.

To make the plastic resins that go into the flooring under Americans’ feet, Zhongtai belches greenhouse gases and mercury into the air. Its executives uproot lives, tear families apart, and expose workers to coal dust and vinyl chloride monomer, which has been linked to liver tumors.

Source: The Intercept
Published: Jun 14, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,420 words)

Hostage Business

Sara Miran, a Kurdish American real estate developer, was kidnapped while she was working in Iraq in 2014. She was held hostage by an Iranian-backed militia and eventually escaped with the help of a metal spoon. Miran’s harrowing story had been buried among secret Iranian documents, which were then leaked to The Intercept.

On a human level, Miran’s story is an anatomy of a kidnapping, an underreported scourge on unstable countries like Iraq. Thousands of Iraqis and foreigners living and working in the country have been kidnapping victims since the U.S. invasion in 2003, many disappearing without a trace even after ransoms have been paid. Most kidnappings in Iraq are conducted by militias and criminal gangs for money, but Miran’s kidnapping was one of the unusual cases that had both political and financial overtones. Miran is also one of the few high-profile kidnapping victims in Iraq to escape, survive, and tell her story.

Source: The Intercept
Published: Apr 30, 2022
Length: 23 minutes (5,895 words)

“Judge, Lawyer, Help, Case Dismissed”

“And yet despite millions in resources, much of which the state cannot figure out how to spend, Harmony remained unhoused at the foot of the iconic Coca-Cola sign above the Walgreens at Five Points — in the heart of Atlanta — as she has on and off for years, in a state of abject human degradation, with all of this misery taking place less than 100 yards from the very steps of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities headquarters.”

Source: The Intercept
Published: Oct 31, 2021
Length: 32 minutes (8,064 words)

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)