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)

White Men

What do we get from our parents? An inheritance always comes with a tax. This essay is part of new collaboration with our friends at Topic.

Source: Topic
Published: Jun 6, 2017
Length: 5 minutes (1,300 words)