American Nationalist

An epic three-part series documenting how Tucker Carlson became America’s most racist cable TV host, and the heir apparent to Trumpism:

Like Mr. Trump, he is a winking pugilist who rails against elites even as he shapes a movement. Mr. Carlson likes to address his audience directly: “You” are decent, generous, deserving. “They” — the pro-war, pro-China, anti-American “ruling class” — are out to get you. “They’d rather put your life in peril than appear insensitive,” Mr. Carlson says of this ruling class, adding, “They literally don’t care about you, and yet they are still in charge.” He delivers these grim sermons with peppy good cheer and shameless overstatement. On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” events of the day are further evidence of truths already established; virtually any piece of news can be steered back to the themes of elite corruption, conspiracy and censorship, from gun control to marijuana legalization to paper drinking straws.

Published: Apr 30, 2022
Length: 72 minutes (18,000 words)

The Unseen Scars of Those Who Kill Via Remote Control

A devastating, well-reported story on the drone program of the U.S. Air Force and the lack of mental-health support for drone operators.

Because they were not deployed, they seldom got the same recovery periods or mental-health screenings as other fighters. Instead they were treated as office workers, expected to show up for endless shifts in a forever war.

We had to watch a target for days, weeks and even months. We saw him play with his kids. We saw him interact with his family. We watched his whole life unfold. You are remote but also very much connected. Then one day, when all parameters are met, you kill him.

People often think that this job is going to be like a video game, and I have to warn them, there is no reset button.

Published: Apr 15, 2022
Length: 16 minutes (4,099 words)

How Barnes & Noble Went From Villain to Hero

For many years, Barnes & Noble was the Walmart of bookstores, crushing independent sellers through economy of scale. Then a new big bad entered the arena. As it turns out, though, neither pandemic nor Bezos could crush B&N — and now, armed with renewed focus, it’s staging one hell of a comeback. (Still shop independent if you can, though!)

Barnes & Noble has also concentrated on selling books, instead of the vast assortment of items that it once carried and that were only tangentially — if at all — related to reading.

“We were selling a lot of fairly irrelevant things to a bookstore,” Mr. Daunt said. “Nobody thinks, ‘I need a Duracell battery — I’m going to go down to my bookshop.’”

Published: Apr 15, 2022
Length: 7 minutes (1,958 words)

He Was in Witness Protection in Maine. But His Harlem Life Kept Calling.

“Even in death, a coherent picture of Mr. Martinez’s double life — which was once the subject of a Hollywood movie — proves elusive. He was both a loyal confidant and one of the most infamous turncoats in New York lore. He was a kind friend and an admitted, ruthless killer; a selfless neighbor and a man so loathed in Harlem that former friends popped champagne in the streets to celebrate his violent end.”

Published: Jan 25, 2022
Length: 6 minutes (1,731 words)

Truth Is Elusive in Attack on a French Soccer Star

“The story, with its hints of sporting jealousy, its echoes of Tonya Harding and its links to Paris St.-Germain, the reigning French champion and one of the richest soccer clubs in the world, quickly spread far and wide. But as details emerge — about marital infidelity; about accusations implicating other members of the team; about reports of menacing phone calls to players disparaging the victim before she was attacked — that initial story has been turned on its head.

And now no one is sure what, or whom, to believe.”

Published: Dec 7, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,215 words)

52 Years in 11 Days: A Son, Facing Death, Finds His Father

“After struggling with cancer for years, Sam Anthony was running out of time. Before he died, he found the courage to mail a letter that he had long been afraid to send.”

Published: Oct 9, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,201 words)

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)