In a Town of 11 People, Mysterious Disappearance Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor

Fed to a crocodile? Baked into a meat pie? Everyone in Larrimah has a theory about what happened to Paddy Moriarty.

Published: Aug 11, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,850 words)

Anika Noni Rose Was Waiting for This Moment

Theatre critic Jose Solís profiles Anika Noni Rose, the actress and singer playing the title role in the musical “Carmen Jones” at New York’s Classic Stage Company.

Published: Aug 1, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,866 words)

Is America Ready for the Mind of Terence Nance?

New York Times pop culture reporter Reggie Ugwu profiles filmmaker Terence Nance upon the premier of his upcoming HBO series, ““Random Acts of Flyness.”

Published: Jul 26, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,118 words)

I Love Performing Those Songs. But What About the Gender Politics?

After a millennial questions misogynistic aspects of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” actress Melissa Errico — currently starring in a Broadway revival of the show — considers the ways in which she has been able to adjust her portrayals of women in classic, retrograde musicals so that they appear to have more power and agency.

Published: Jul 13, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,063 words)

California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees.

Restoring river floodplains to forest and wetland habitat is a proven method for reducing flood damage to towns and cities, because these habitats absorb floodwater. To ready itself for climate change, the state is beginning to revegetate some of its riverbanks in central rural California.

Published: Jul 15, 2018
Length: 5 minutes (1,464 words)

Why New Zealand Is Furious About Australia’s Deportation Policy

New Zealand and Australia have had a strong relationship, which included porous borders with each other. That relationship has eroded since Australia started deporting many Maori and Pacific Islanders based on “character” or criminal history.

Published: Jul 3, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,677 words)

Adrian Piper Speaks! (for Herself)

Conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper’s current exhibition, “A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016,” at MOMA, is the “largest show the museum has ever assembled for a living artist.” In an interview with Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Piper discusses the interdependence of her work in philosophy and her artistic practice.

Published: Jul 5, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,119 words)

Conjuring Spirits in Florida

“In Sarasota, there is a community surrounding a litany of roadside psychics and more than 100 mediums and spiritual guides. Why?”

Published: Jun 30, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,840 words)

Gentrification’s Empty Victory

Since the turn of the century, local artists have wanted to revive a once-thriving arts center in an abandoned schoolhouse in the East Village. A developer who purchased the building at an auction in 1998 wants to turn it into a dormitory for college students. An influential historic society has lobbied the city to landmark the building to limit the developer’s options. Even the Latin Kings once attended a Community Board meeting to try to stop its sale in the first place (the “board sided with the gang members, but the city was unmoved”). P.S. 64 has been languishing in this legal purgatory now for two full decades. Is its shell doomed to remain vacant forever, or will someone in a position of power finally make a decision to determine its fate?

Published: Jun 1, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,887 words)

They Shared Drugs. Someone Died. Does That Make Them Killers?

Rosa Goldensohn’s year-long investigation published by the New York Times is a thorough look at a new phenomenon among prosecutors all over the country: charging the friends, family and fellow users of people who overdose on drugs with murder.

Published: May 25, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,130 words)