Sick Days

“Instacart promises a safer way to shop, but workers tell a different story.”

Source: The Verge
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,418 words)

The Drone Boat Of ‘Shipwreck Alley’

“Meet BEN, the self-driving boat that’s been tasked with helping lay bare the long-lost secrets of the lakebed.”

Source: The Verge
Published: Mar 5, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,446 words)

The iBackpack Has It All: Kevlar, Batteries, and a Federal Investigation

The man behind an alleged crowdfunding scam wants you to know he isn’t a scammer.

Source: The Verge
Published: Mar 4, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,443 words)

The Terror Queue

“It felt like you were putting on a cape, working at Google, getting your free kombucha, sleeping in nap pods,’ she says. ‘But every once in a while, you’d have to see some disturbing content. Really, how bad could it be?’ She called her mom and said she was taking the job. She was 23 years old.”

Source: The Verge
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,606 words)

Dial Up!

The Hmong diaspora broadcasts radio programs run by DJs via conference call — a place where far-flung people can phone in to listen to programs and connect with one another in their own language.

Author: Mia Sato
Source: The Verge
Published: Nov 22, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,897 words)

Drink Up, Stoners

Beer producers from Lagunitas to Anheuser-Busch are betting big money that the drinkable marijuana market will be the next Red Bull or kombucha market, but will alcohol consumers buy fizzy THC water that makes you sleepy rather than amped to hit the club? As Amanda Chicago Lewis puts it, “The people who can’t handle being stoned in public are not going to suddenly learn how.”

Source: The Verge
Published: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,360 words)

Road Tripping With the Amazon Nomads

Capitalism is one strange beast.

Source: The Verge
Published: Jul 10, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,460 words)

Bodies In Seats

“At Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives.” (Content warning: this article and the accompanying video describe harm to children and animals in detail.)

Source: The Verge
Published: Jun 19, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,712 words)

Fearing for His Life

Ramsey Orta filmed the killing of Eric Garner. The video traveled far, but it wouldn’t get justice for his dead friend. Instead, the NYPD would exact their revenge through targeted harassment and eventually imprisonment — Orta’s punishment for daring to show the world police brutality.

Source: The Verge
Published: Mar 13, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,500 words)

The Trauma Floor

Facebook has thousands of people  in contract centers around the world reviewing questionable content. They make a bit above minimum wage to watch people get stabbed or shot, read hate speech, and watch conspiracy theory videos — at massive personal cost and without the support and perks of actually working for Facebook.

Source: The Verge
Published: Feb 25, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,435 words)