One Night in D.C.: The Oral History of June 1, 2020

“There was no amping up of tensions, there was none of that feeling of, ‘This is gonna go down.’ Within 15 minutes, it went from protest to pandemonium.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jul 13, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,153 words)

The Spirit of Rebellion Grows During America’s Summer of Protest

“From the nation’s capital to Nashville, from Connecticut to California, a summer of protest has come to America. Its participants are the ‘good trouble’ John Lewis spoke of, the ‘group of angelic troublemakers’ Bayard Rustin dreamed of. And the unifying emotion connecting each demonstration will be outrage.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jun 29, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,249 words)

The Casino That Time Forgot

“In an exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, ‘The Vapors,’ David Hill unearths a tale of the grandest casino in what was once the premier gambling destination in America: Hot Springs, Arkansas.”

Author: David Hill
Source: The Ringer
Published: Jun 29, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,272 words)

Pitch Perfect: The History and Influence of the Pitchfork 10.0

What does it mean for an album to receive a perfect score from the internet’s most contentious music publication?

Source: The Ringer
Published: May 11, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,300 words)

“Queens Get the Money”: The Story of Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’ at 25

Paul Thompson, a deft and versatile writer, delivers an engrossing and utterly entertaining profile of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, the 25-year old album that would vault rappers Prodigy and Havoc — one a Queensbridge native, the other a NYC nomad — into the stratosphere of rap amid the Big Apple’s glory days holding the mic.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Apr 24, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,343 words)

“Everyone Is So Afraid”: COVID-19’s Impact on the American Restaurant Industry

“For Café Rakka in Tennessee and its fellow restaurants nationwide, the Coronavirus pandemic has become a crisis unlike any in living memory. With tolls both human and financial, there’s no guidebook for how to move forward.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,771 words)

Pure Magic: The Oral History of Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show

“As the heavens opened up and rain poured down, the Purple One ran through a handful of covers and some of his own songs, delivering an iconic set on the biggest stage possible and only expanding his legend.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jan 29, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,138 words)

“You Can’t Recover If You’re Dead”

Overdose-prevention spaces save lives, but are curiously excluded from the American approach to addiction recovery. An investigation into why.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Aug 6, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,745 words)

How “Summer Girls” Explains a Bunch of Hits—and the Music of 1999

LFO’s breakout song is remembered today primarily as an ode to Abercrombie & Fitch and the girls who wore it. But there’s a deeper story behind the light-hearted song—one that includes tragedy and paints a picture of what music was like at the turn of the century.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jul 29, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,800 words)

A Sprawling Birthday Celebration for R.E.M.’s ‘Reckoning’

Breaking down the band’s 1984 masterpiece track-by-track, and talking about its magic with some of the band’s collaborators.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Apr 9, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,924 words)