A Personal History of the C-Section

“When my daughter’s delivery went off the script I had imagined, it made me wonder about what we ask from our birth stories.”

Published: Jul 21, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,623 words)

The Dark Side of Chess: Payoffs, Points and 12-Year-Old Grandmasters

“It is an open secret in chess that many players cut side deals with tournament organizers and other top competitors that help them achieve norms they might have struggled to get legitimately.”

 

Published: Jul 13, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,911 words)

She Fell Nearly 2 Miles, and Walked Away

“At 17, biologist Juliane Diller was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon. Fifty years later she still runs Panguana, a research station founded by her parents in Peru.”

Author: Franz Lidz
Published: Jun 18, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,867 words)

The Amazon That Customers Don’t See

“Each year, hundreds of thousands of workers churn through a vast mechanism that hires and monitors, disciplines and fires. Amid the pandemic, the already strained system lurched.”

Published: Jun 15, 2021
Length: 40 minutes (10,000 words)

Sinead O’Connor Remembers Things Differently

“The mainstream narrative is that a pop star ripped up a photo of the pope on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and derailed her life. What if the opposite were true?”

Published: May 18, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,644 words)

The Past Year Has Taught Me a Lot About Nostalgia

“Yearning for the Before Times as a mythic era risks obscuring the ways in which the Before was really many different kinds of before. Longing for freedom and safety risks forgetting that neither mobility nor vulnerability has ever been democratically distributed.”

Published: Mar 11, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,412 words)

‘We Are Going to Keep You Safe, Even if It Kills Your Spirit’

“For the millions of Americans living with dementia, every day during this pandemic can bring a fresh horror.”

Published: Feb 19, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,794 words)

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Was Their Ticket. Then 2020 Happened.

It was a smash Broadway hit, then 25 company members got sick and the shutdown put everybody out of work. An oral history of a tumultuous year.

Published: Jan 21, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,540 words)

A Far-Right Terrorism Suspect With a Refugee Disguise: The Tale of Franco A.

“A German officer is facing trial on terrorism charges. At a volatile time for Western democracy, his story mirrors the story of Germany itself.”

Published: Dec 29, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

Punch After Punch, Rape After Rape, a Murderer Was Made

“The execution of Lisa Montgomery would be an injustice on top of an injustice.”

Published: Dec 18, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)