The Tragedy of Baltimore

Since Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore — which once inspired The Wire but in recent years seemed to be experiencing an urban revival — has seen a sharp increase in violent crime amidst  “a failure of order and governance the likes of which few American cities have seen in years.”

Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 34 minutes (8,590 words)

A Swimmer Saved by What She Lost

“Tormented by pain, Morgan Stickney made the agonizing decision to have her lower leg removed. The groundbreaking procedure may change the course of her life, and the future of amputations.”

Published: Mar 3, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,979 words)

‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out

“It really never was my shame. It was the church’s shame. They’re the ones that should have the shame for what they have done to myself and many, many other L.G.B.T. people.”

Published: Feb 17, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,086 words)

A Black Legacy, Wrapped Up in Fur

Jasmine Sanders writes a cultural history of Black women and fur.

Published: Jan 31, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,221 words)

You Know the Lorena Bobbitt Story. But Not All of It.

Before she was a punchline, she was a 24-year-old Ecuadorean immigrant who was subject to years of domestic violence, including rape, at her husband’s hands.

Published: Jan 30, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,375 words)

Why Do the Oscars Keep Falling for Racial Reconciliation Fantasies?

The relationship is entirely conscripted as service and bound by capitalism and the fantastically presumptive leap is, The money doesn’t matter because I like working for you. And if you’re the racist in the relationship: I can’t be horrible because we’re friends now.

Published: Jan 24, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,200 words)

Reflections on Antarctica

An interview with Louis Rudd and Colin O’Brady, two men who set out from the Ronne Ice Shelf on the western edge of Antarctica on November 3rd, 2018 in a two-man race. Pulling all the equipment they’d need to survive for two months on sleds called pulks, which man would be the first to traverse Antarctica — the coldest continent on earth — in a solo, unassisted journey of 921 miles?

Published: Jan 18, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,942 words)

A Woman’s Rights

From the editorial board of the New York Times, an eight-part interactive series on the state-by-state push to restrict the rights of pregnant women.

Author: Editors
Published: Dec 28, 2018
Length: 54 minutes (13,740 words)

What Is Glitter?

It’s a literal tautology. A sparkly, sparkly tautology.

Published: Dec 21, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,273 words)

The Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Very Litigious Bikini

In 2014 Ipek Irgit’s bikinis took Instagram by storm. Several years, and lawsuits, later it’s not so clear they’re hers.
Published: Dec 20, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,167 words)