The Radicalization of J.D. Vance

“As he runs for the Senate, the Hillbilly Elegy author has gone from media darling to establishment pariah. Is his new, fiery, right-wing persona an act? Or is something more interesting going on?”
Published: Jan 4, 2022
Length: 24 minutes (6,044 words)

The Coming Age of Climate Trauma

“What should a mental health response look like in the wake of a climate disaster? How can we better prepare communities for the moment when they are forced to confront climate change?”

Published: Oct 27, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,841 words)

The Profound Beauty of Firefly Tourism

“Visitors to Appalachia are seeking out fireflies and finding solace in these dark times.”

Published: Sep 7, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,575 words)

The Mystery of 9/11 and Dementia

“Many first responders are experiencing alarming cognitive decline. Is their time at Ground Zero to blame?”

Published: Aug 30, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,711 words)

The Endless Robbing of Native American Graves

“We have taken Native lands and tried to eradicate Indigenous societies, yet it’s not only what we’ve done to the living that is so deplorable. It’s what we’ve done, and continue to do, to the dead.”

Published: Jul 12, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,114 words)

The Case of the Stolen Ruby Slippers

“At 1:44 p.m., Bennett sent out a BOLO (be on the lookout) alert across the region, asking law enforcement to watch for shoes that are “dark ruby red in color … and valued at $1 million.””

Published: Apr 30, 2019
Length: 56 minutes (14,100 words)

The Beautiful Art of Hassling Politicians While Wearing Animal Costumes

It’s a rite of passage for campaign workers — and an underappreciated pillar of our democracy.

Published: Feb 24, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,771 words)

Can We Build a Better Women’s Prison?

Houston Chronicle criminal justice reporter Keri Blakinger — who once served 21 months of a 2½-year sentence for felony drug possession — visits a women’s prison near Austin, Texas, and considers the ways in which women’s prisons don’t take into consideration women’s particular needs. She speaks with those involved in planning a new $97 million building at the prison, which would be “at the vanguard of a growing focus within criminal justice reform known as gender-responsive corrections.”

This piece is included in the Washington Post Magazine‘s “The Prison Issue,” exclusively featuring writing, photography, and illustrations by those who are currently incarcerated, or were in the past.

Published: Oct 29, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,694 words)

The Beating Heart

“Nothing convincingly explains the strange chemistry, the alchemy, that has kept the heart of a sullen, violent, tormented criminal beating for so long in a gentle mother’s chest…Yes, Eva Baisey got a murderer’s heart. But it was also a broken heart. It fixed her, and she fixed it.”

Published: Sep 30, 2019
Length: 44 minutes (11,011 words)

How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

After decades turning their noses at sweet wines with umlauts, Americans are embracing them. One American takes readers on a tour of German wines and wineries as climate change and youthful entrepreneurship alter their styles and reputations.

Published: Sep 5, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,894 words)