Breonna Taylor’s Life Was Changing. Then the Police Came to Her Door.

Two months before she was killed in her home in Louisville, Breonna Taylor tweeted triumphantly, “2020 deff gonna be my year WATCH!”

Published: Sep 3, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,500 words)

White Supremacy Was Her World. And Then She Left.

“To stop hate, we have to understand it.”

Published: Jul 19, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)

How Koalas With an STD Could Help Humanity

The adorable eucalyptus-eaters are on the front lines of research for a chlamydia vaccine.

Published: Jul 13, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,360 words)

‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide

I couldn’t help anyone. I couldn’t do anything. I just wanted to help people, and I couldn’t do anything.” Dr. Lorna Breen was “a consummate overachiever, one who directed her life with assurance.” Then the pandemic hit.

Published: Jul 11, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,226 words)

The Rape Kit’s Secret History

The story of the woman who forced police to start treating sexual assault like a crime.

Published: Jun 17, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,295 words)

The Radical Quilting of Rosie Lee Tompkins

“A triumphal retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum confirms her standing as one of the great American artists — transcending craft, challenging painting and reshaping the canon.”

Published: Jun 26, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,363 words)

A Football Career on the Cusp of Glory, Dashed by the Pandemic

The odyssey of Bradley Sylve.

Published: Jun 22, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,893 words)

Inside the Revolts Erupting in America’s Big Newsrooms

“Staff members’ demands helped end the tenure of James Bennet as Opinion editor of The New York Times. And they are generating tension at The Washington Post. Part of the story starts in Ferguson, Mo.”

Author: Ben Smith
Published: Jun 7, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,100 words)

The Videos That Rocked America. The Song That Knows Our Rage.

“Awash in the ghastly video mosaic shot by black people’s cameraphones, I found myself doubled over the kitchen sink. Then a lyric gave me strength.”

Published: Jun 3, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,700 words)

Quarantining With a Ghost? It’s Scary.

“Some of these people are frightened, of course. Others say they just appreciate the company.”

Published: May 14, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,942 words)