Cult of the Literary Sad Woman

If sadness once struck me as terminally hip, then I’ve arrived on the far side of 35 with a deepening appreciation for the ways pleasure and satisfaction can become structuring forces of identity as well.

Published: Nov 7, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,500 words)

The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

“Last year, tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — more than double what they found the previous year… Online predators create and share the illegal material, which is increasingly cloaked by technology. Tech companies, the government, and the authorities are no match.”

Content Note: “Articles in this series examine the explosion in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused. They include graphic descriptions of some instances of the abuse.”

Published: Sep 28, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,381 words)

Tina Turner is Having the Time of Her Life

A month before “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” comes to Broadway, Amanda Hess pays Turner a visit at “Chateau Algonquin,” as Swiss castle she rents with her husband, to profile the 79-year-old in all her retired glory.

Published: Sep 9, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,835 words)

On the Job, 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

“They are taking care of people with very complex needs, people who have multiple chronic conditions, who may have all kinds of varied living environments. A lot of the families are really dysfunctional and the aides have to deal with that, too. And they’re getting paid chump change, and it’s a travesty.”

Published: Sep 2, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,433 words)

Abuela, Chef, Boss: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Grandmother Feeds the Majors

“Altagracia Alvino may be the most popular and powerful grandmother in baseball. For about two decades, she has filled the bellies of hundreds of players, most of them Latin Americans far from home. Eating her comfort food is a tradition that has become especially popular among players from the family’s homeland, the Dominican Republic.”

Published: Aug 25, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,631 words)

Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Despite fickle conditions, Ireland offers powerful waves on empty beaches, if you come at the right time.

Published: Aug 12, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,698 words)

Smash the Wellness Industry

Jessica Knoll calls out the wellness industry as a dangerous deceit. Masquerading as a way to increase energy or reduce inflammation, the industry’s success actually preys upon women’s self-hate by “preserving a vicious fallacy: Thin is healthy and healthy is thin.”

Published: Jun 8, 2019

Meet the Money Whisperer to the Super-Rich N.B.A. Elite

“Who’s the guy Klay Thompson and other N.B.A. stars trust to manage their wealth? One who knows how to rebound with $8,000 stuffed into his underwear.”

Published: Jun 6, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,990 words)

The Making of a YouTube Radical

Caleb Cain was an aimless young man looking for some distraction on YouTube. He became radicalized by videos made by a community of far-right creators — many of which were put in front of him by YouTube’s recommendation algorithm.

Published: Jun 8, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,817 words)

‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers

A two-part investigation examining how taxi industry leaders artificially inflated the price of medallions, which allow taxi drivers the ability to own and operate a cab, and trapped low-income drivers in reckless loans while government officials looked the other way.

Published: May 19, 2019
Length: 46 minutes (11,532 words)