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)

Who Gets to Rebuild After Harvey?

On the strange political economy of flood insurance: What does home ownership look like in an age of climate change? When is it OK to rebuild, and when is it time to retreat?

Source: The Intercept
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,570 words)

Birth of a Radical

Before she followed her mentor Steve Bannon to the White House, Julia Hahn was a recent college grad from Beverly Hills who attended the liberal enclaves of Harvard-Westlake and the University of Chicago. Peter Maass attempts to unravel the mystery of what brought a 25-year-old with no distinct political leanings to become a reporter for Breitbart and a voice of the alt-right. The mystery, however, may have a simple answer: “Washington is bursting with strivers in their 20s just like her, eager to find their spot on the terrain of political power, while unsure of what their own attitudes about power really are.”


Source: The Intercept
Published: May 7, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Arkansas’ Tradition of Assembly-Line Killing

Arkansas plans to execute seven people by lethal injection this month — with an untested, nearly-expired drug.

Source: The Intercept
Published: Apr 8, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,686 words)

The Fire on Harvard Avenue

How a flawed investigation and junk arson science convicted Angela Garcia of killing her two daughters.

Source: The Intercept
Published: Mar 5, 2017
Length: 53 minutes (13,360 words)