Pew Research

Jeff Sharlet’s review of Frances FitzGerald’s new book, The Evangelicals, is itself an important history lesson on American evangelism and politics.

Published: May 16, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,682 words)

The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women

Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel lays bare the horrors of collusion with the patriarchy.

Published: Apr 20, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,685 words)

The Fire Last Time

When the Detroit police department created an undercover unit to reduce street crime in the 1970s, Detroit’s black community quickly got to know it for its lethal force, disregard for the law, and systemic racism.

Published: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,236 words)

Amazing Disgrace

How did Donald Trump — a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator — hijack the religious right?

Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,671 words)

The Eye of the Beholder

Rorschach tests may have fallen out of favor among psychologists, but maybe their real value is as pieces of art?

Author: Merve Emre
Published: Feb 21, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,482 words)

America’s New Opposition

From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, the left has been reborn. Can it find a way to harness the populist uprising that brought Trump to power?

Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,785 words)

Breaking Elgar’s Enigma

How a former insurance adjuster claims to have solved the 118-year-old cryptographic mystery of a hidden message in Edward Elgar’s infamous Enigma Variations.

Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,179 words)

A Trip of One’s Own

A review of Ayelet Waldman’s new memoir, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life, that also serves as a personal essay about Vaye Watkins’ marijuana use as she weans off anti-depressants (she writes the piece “a little high”), and the tiny dose of LSD she’s got stashed for trying in the future.

Published: Jan 9, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,936 words)

The Last Unknown Man

In 2004, a Burger King employee in Richmond Hill, Georgia, found a naked man lying unconscious in front of a restaurant dumpster. The search for his identity would take years.

Author: Matt Wolfe
Published: Dec 7, 2016
Length: 50 minutes (12,603 words)

I Spent Four Years Trying to Get My Book Optioned for a Movie. All I Got Were Two Belgian Waffles.

This personal essay is a year old, but like hope, this story springs eternal. Except in Hollywood, where hope lives and dies in endless meetings where promises are made in a dialect designed to conceal the unpredictability of the film industry while still feeding your hopes.

Published: Feb 11, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,789 words)