“I Did Not Know It Was a Man”: The Surreal Story of How a Deadly Crash Upended South Dakota Politics

“The public and political reaction to the crash has been driven by a fundamental and, perhaps, ultimately unknowable question, one that will cast a shadow long after Ravnsborg emerges from the criminal and potential civil litigation: Was he really unaware that he hit another man?”

Author: Tom Kludt
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 25, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,386 words)

‘All Roads Lead to Mar-a-Lago’: Inside the Fury and Fantasy of Donald Trump’s Florida

“Roger Stone, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro—they’ve all made their way to the Sunshine State, fueling and profiting from a tabloid culture that turns politics into spectacle, arguably Florida’s greatest export.”

Author: Joe Hagan
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 10, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,221 words)

‘I Got a Second Chance’: From Puff Daddy to Diddy to Love

“Sean Combs was the original influencer. Now the artist and mogul is defining his next era—and launching a record label.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 3, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,255 words)

Did Paying a Ransom for a Stolen Magritte Painting Inadvertently Fund Terrorism?

“Modern art crime, like the arms trade, still thrives in the shadow of global conflict, which gives rise to criminal networks that make from the detritus of war immensely profitable commodities.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: May 27, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,477 words)

Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves

“How detectives from Scotland Yard, Romania, Germany, and Italy nabbed the so-called Mission: Impossible gang, which pulled off a string of daring warehouse heists.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Apr 25, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

“Dr. Lecter, My Name Is Clarice Starling”

“The movie is so scary because it seeps into people’s consciousness through fears. It really works on fear more than anything else.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Feb 23, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,811 words)

The Charming Billie Eilish

“In the last year, Billie Eilish scored five Grammys, went multiplatinum eight times, released the new Bond theme, and had to cancel a world tour. Then, she turned 19.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jan 25, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,967 words)

Now Here We Go Again, We See the Crystal Visions

“With the help of Fleetwood Mac, the mailman, and 68 high school students, the author of Heavy finds hope for the future.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 19, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,565 words)

AOC’s Next Four Years

“The history-making congresswoman addresses her biggest critics, the challenges that loom no matter who wins, and what she’s taking on next.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Oct 28, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,611 words)

On Witness and Respair: A Personal Tragedy Followed By Pandemic

“The acclaimed novelist lost her beloved husband—the father of her children—as COVID-19 swept across the country. She writes through their story, and her grief.”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,146 words)