Overdose and Punishment

The people who supply drugs that lead to overdoses are increasingly being charged with manslaughter using old drug-induced homicide laws. Why?

Published: Sep 10, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,604 words)

Rejected by A.A.

Is the 12 Step program’s decades-old philosophy exacerbating the opioid crisis by discouraging medication-assisted treatment like methodone?

Published: Jun 27, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,945 words)

The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water

“Aquamation,” a greener form of body disposal, is gaining acceptance in America. But some powerful groups are fighting to stop it.

Published: Jun 14, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,650 words)

Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From?

Healing crystals are now a multi-billion dollar industry. But if people want to use crystal energy to heal yourself and the planet, they should demand greater transparency about their crystals’ sourcing.

Published: May 11, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,147 words)

California Dreaming

It would have been unthinkable a decade ago that the Republican stronghold of Orange County, California would ever be up for grabs by Democrats. But life behind the “red curtain” is changing, and the county might hold the key for turning disgruntled never-Trumpers into blue voters—as long as the Democrats don’t mess it up.

Published: May 9, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,100 words)

How the NRA Sells Guns in America Today

At The New Republic, “military veteran, big game hunter, and gun owner” Elliott Woods goes undercover at gun trade show to learn about how the NRA marketing machine has gone into high gear to combat what they’re calling the “Trump Slump.”

Published: Apr 16, 2018
Length: 33 minutes (8,255 words)

This Route Doesn’t Exist on the Map

What would you endure to find safety and security? Now that Europe has slammed its doors shut to migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nigeria, just to name a few countries, many are attempting to enter the United States via a long, arduous journey that includes crossing the Darién Gap — a treacherous forest without roads that connects Columbia and Panama.

Published: Feb 26, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,743 words)

Gone Baby Gone

A new breed of online real estate speculator is capitalizing on abandoned properties and people who can’t pay their mortgages, and it’s bad for you and the country.

Published: Sep 19, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,741 words)

What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?

After giving up writing fiction at age 87, fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin has started a blog. Internet citizens may want to know: does she write about her cat, Pard? Why yes, yes she does — while examining the human condition, of course.

Published: Sep 7, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,734 words)

Nowhere Mag

For ten years, Monocle has successfully catered to the world’s status-conscious, globe-trotting elite by offering them exclusivity, materiality and identity. So does the rise of nationalism threaten a lifestyle magazine that treats the world as one big upscale mall?

Published: Jun 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,428 words)