QAnon and the Cultification of the American Right

“The conspiracy theory has become a theology of right-wing rebellion.”

Published: Feb 1, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,170 words)

The Rise and Fall of a Fracking Boom Town: An Oral History

“Rock Springs, Wyoming, sits on vast underground stores of natural gas and shale oil. But what was meant to be a blessing turned into a curse.”

Published: Dec 21, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,667 words)

‘No Choice but to Do It’: Why Women Go to Prison

“Many of the 230,000 women and girls in U.S. jails and prisons were abuse survivors before they entered the system. And at least 30 percent of those serving time on murder or manslaughter charges were protecting themselves or a loved one from physical or sexual violence.”

Published: Dec 17, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,100 words)

Infinite Jerk

Within “the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and sexism in the publishing industry,” jerks are praised and women are erased. 

Published: Feb 12, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,859 words)

Crash Course: How Boeing’s Managerial Revolution Created the 737 Max Disaster

“The upshot was that Boeing had not only outfitted the MAX with a deadly piece of software; it had also taken the additional step of instructing pilots to respond to an erroneous activation of the software by literally attempting the impossible. “

Published: Sep 18, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,088 words)

The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs

“The rise of the worker wellness program, along with the visceral backlash to it, has revealed the limits and small humiliations of this neoliberal approach to health care. It offers, in implicit contrast, an argument for a more humane strengthening of the social safety net—while demanding a collective worker-based response to the various ways employers affect our daily well-being.”

Author: Lena Solow
Published: Sep 2, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,519 words)

The New American Homeless

Tenant protections are not sufficient to keep renters housed in cities marked by gentrification and rising rents. This is the story of one displaced Atlanta family, stuck between the harsh reality of homelessness, and agencies’ competing definitions of their predicament.

Published: Aug 21, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,102 words)

The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict

Washington state’s three-strikes law put alcoholic and drug addict Scott Wharton in jail for life, no possibility of parole, for a string of low-level bank robberies. Ex-judge Matthew Fox helped him get clemency — twice. Now Wharton’s back in jail. How many chances will the state give him?

Published: Jun 17, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,045 words)

No Place Like Home

A slew of new shows timed perfectly for new year’s resolution purges help us pare down our possessions, keeping us focused on stuff instead of, say, systemic housing inequality.

Published: Jan 11, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,119 words)

Elwood, Illinois (Pop. 2,200), Has Become a Vital Hub of America’s Consumer Economy. And It’s Hell.

In 2002, developers made a deal with the people of Elwood, Illinois: they’d bring high-paying jobs in the growing warehousing and logistics industry to the centrally-located town in exchange for two decades of tax abatement. Seventeen years later, temp agencies in the region are flourishing, but full-time jobs are few and far between. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of semis have wrought havoc on Will County’s infrastructure — and without enough tax revenue to offset the damage, the town of Elwood has gone more than $30 million in debt trying to fix the roads.

Published: Jan 9, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,349 words)