The Lives Upended Around a $20 Cheeseburger

“A cash-strapped rancher, a virus-stricken meatpacker, an underpaid chef, a hungry engineer: the journey of a single burger during a pandemic.”

Published: Jul 7, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,868 words)

Pregnant in a Pandemic

Letters from four women to their unborn children, written in an uncertain world.

Published: Jun 30, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,762 words)

The Cursed Platoon

“Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for only three days when he ordered his men to kill three Afghans stopped on a dirt road. A second-degree murder conviction and pardon followed. Today, Lorance is hailed as a hero by President Trump. His troops have suffered a very different fate.”

Author: Greg Jaffe
Published: Jul 2, 2020
Length: 40 minutes (10,000 words)

The Pandemic’s First Wave

Behind every data point on a curve or chart is a name and story of the earliest victims.
Published: Apr 12, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,500 words)

“Anything Good I Could Say About This Would Be a Lie”

“She’s dead, and I’m quarantined. That’s how the story ends. I keep going back over it in loops, trying to find a way to sweeten it, but nothing changes the facts. I wasn’t there with her at the end. I didn’t get to say goodbye. I don’t even know where her body is right now, or if the only thing that’s left is her ashes.”

Author: Eli Saslow
Published: Mar 28, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,005 words)

Sinéad O’Connor is Still in One Piece

“She tore up a picture of the pope. Then her life came apart. These days, she just wants to make music.”

Published: Mar 18, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,857 words)

Miranda’s Rebellion

The reckonings of one of the South’s white suburban women, whose loyalty is key to whether Trump is reelected.

Published: Mar 29, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,976 words)

Trust and Consequences

The government required him to see a therapist. He thought his words would be confidential. Now, the traumatized migrant may be deported.

Published: Feb 15, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,600 words)

‘The intelligence coup of the century’

The CIA, in a secret partnership with West Germany, used Crypto AG to sell encryption services to gullible governments and then promptly read all their clandestine communications.

Published: Feb 11, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,928 words)

Ghosts of the Future

A massive Canadian fossil trove reminds us how fleeting life on Earth can be—and how much peril we’re in.

Published: Dec 6, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,100 words)