How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary

A profile of Albert Woodfox, a man originally sentenced to 50 years in prison for robbery. A member of the Black Panthers and the Angola 3, Woodfox spent over four decades in solitary confinement, despite a stunning lack of evidence against him in a prison murder.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 16, 2017
Length: 45 minutes (11,296 words)

On Coming of Age and Sexual Identity: Darling Nikki

“How does a girl figure out, amidst the crushing misogyny all around her, how to pick out the avenues that will prove most emancipatory, pleasure-giving, and life-sustaining? I’m sorry to say that this skill remains as urgent now as it ever was, so maybe I have “Purple Rain” to thank for that, too.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 2, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,645 words)

Rewriting the Code of Life

Can we eliminate diseases like Lyme and malaria by rewriting DNA? Specter walks us through a powerful new biological tool capable of altering the genetic destiny of a species.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 26, 2016
Length: 28 minutes (7,159 words)

Fighting for the Poor Under Trump

A profile of 28-year-old New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay elected official in the Bronx and the youngest elected official in the city. Torres—who grew up in a Bronx housing project across the street from a former garbage dump that is now a Trump-owned golf course—has been fighting for the poor as chair of the Committee on Public Housing.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 9, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,699 words)

The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn

A profile of Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who, after being harassed online by an ex, became inspired to become exactly the lawyer she—and other women who fall victim to “revenge porn”—needed.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 28, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8,289 words)

Christine Who Fed the Hungry

An elegy for a much beloved volunteer chef and leader of the rest of the volunteers at a soup kitchen in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 24, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,601 words)

Connie Converse’s Time Has Come

In the 1950s, polymath Connie Converse recorded songs in her apartment that the American public met with silence. Then she disappeared.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 21, 2016
Length: 6 minutes (1,747 words)

Chris Kraus, Female Antihero

Almost 20 years after the release of I Love Dick—her autobiographical novel about a married woman filmmaker’s unrequited obsession with a critic—Chris Kraus has become an antihero for a new audience of readers, and watchers of Jill Solloway’s adaptation for Amazon Prime.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 14, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,917 words)

Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

David Remnick follows President Obama in the days leading up to, and after, a shocking presidential election.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 18, 2016
Length: 43 minutes (10,924 words)

When a Populist Demagogue Takes Power

Rodrigo Duterte, the newly elected President of the Philippines, has normalized the killings of thousands of people—mostly poor—in a vicious drug war.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 14, 2016
Length: 38 minutes (9,560 words)