American Beauties

“The life of a plastic bag is really an endless series of entanglements.”

Source: Topic
Published: Aug 1, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,728 words)

Japan’s Vegetable-Eating Men

Recent cultural and policy shifts in Japan have made a previously hard-to-find species far more common: the stay-at-home dad.

Source: Topic
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,312 words)

Birds of a Feather

On the not-so-surprisingly tight bonds between parrot enthusiasts and their feathered friends.

Source: Topic
Published: May 1, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,054 words)

Where Spring Breaks Eternal

Jen Doll and photographer Eva O’Leary venture to the Lani Kai Island Resort in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida — a hotel known for choosing to host a seemingly never-ending stream of spring breakers to uncover how they not only survive, but manage to embrace the drunken debauchery of the spring break set — within reason, of course.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Topic
Published: Apr 24, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,062 words)

They Don’t Do Sadness

A feature on a teen production of the musical “Spring Awakening” in rehearsals at Barclay Performing Arts in West Boca Raton — near the city of Parkland — including some kids who attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and were present during the shooting. The show, about teens in 19th century Germany discovering their sexuality, provides these traumatized actors a way to explore and express their complicated emotions.

Source: Topic
Published: Apr 17, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,521 words)

Ball Breakers

Despite the fact that women have been playing billiards since it became a hobby for European royals in the 15th century, they still have to endure cheap shots from men who can’t resist critiquing their game.

Source: Topic
Published: Mar 1, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,166 words)

The 75-Year (and Counting) Christian Interracial Farm Experiment

Founded in 1942 by a white Baptist minister who preached racial equality, Koinonia Farm in Georgia aimed to empower disadvantaged farmers and create a truly communal economy. Naturally, it struggled for decades to maintain its original vision.

Source: Topic
Published: Feb 26, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,020 words)

The Bar Mitzvah Party Starters

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs have become a big extravagant affair, so Jewish many families hire professionals to direct games, create energy and get attendees to dance. They’re called “motivators.” Here are a few.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Topic
Published: Dec 9, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,607 words)

The True, Twisted Story of Amityville Horror

No one place has made as deep an impression on American pop culture as the notorious Long Island home, site of a terrible murder and the basis of scores of books and movies.

Source: Topic
Published: Oct 31, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

How to Get Away with Spying for the Enemy

How does someone get away with helping a foreign adversary? Writer Sarah Laskow digs into the gonzo story of an American acquitted of spying for the Soviets—even after he confessed to it.

Source: Topic
Published: Jul 20, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)