What Was Going Wrong With My Pregnancy?

As a mother-to-be discovered in her distress, much of prenatal medicine is still a mystery.

Published: Jan 24, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,053 words)

The FBI Lost Our Son

The FBI’s counterterrorism unit recruited Billy Reilly to infiltrate terror and criminal networks as a part-time confidential source. Part of a wave of workers recruited post-9/11, Billy did not receive the training, protections, or compensation of a full-time agent. After he went missing during an operation in Russia in 2015, no one inside the FBI would take responsibility.

Published: Oct 11, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,680 words)

My 10-Year Odyssey Through America’s Housing Crisis

This Fall marks a decade since beginning the housing crisis—but what marks the end?  Ten years of renting, watching the market, attempting to sell, and finally determining how much of a loss he could take on his home, left a WSJ reporter with the understanding that the crisis is only over when it’s over for you.

Published: Jan 26, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,900 words)

The Need to Read

Making the case for packing your life with fewer unnecessary activities and material items in order to make room for the thing you already love but do too little of: read books. Here’s what books do for one author, and what they can do for you.

Published: Nov 25, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,440 words)

Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—And His Family

In 2014, Tyler Shultz anonymously emailed a complaint to New York officials who administered a proficiency-testing program in which Theranos, a once promising blood testing company, was enrolled. Shultz complained that Theranos doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks, and warned his grandfather, former Secretary of State George Shultz, who was serving as a company director, about his misgivings. Their relationship would become strained.

Published: Nov 16, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,129 words)

The Race to Create Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Heats Up

Two years after Musk sketched out his idea and gave it away, a handful of companies are vying to make it a reality.

Published: Dec 1, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3,382 words)

Hot Startup Theranos Has Struggled With Its Blood-Test Technology

The Silicon Valley company, led by Elizabeth Holmes, is valued at $9 billion but is running into questions about its technology.

Published: Oct 15, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2,790 words)

Inside an FBI Hostage Crisis

A cavalcade of law enforcement tries to come up with a hostage rescue plan after an angry loner kidnaps a young boy.

Published: Oct 9, 2015
Length: 29 minutes (7,361 words)

In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter

A short paean to the much-maligned and often misunderstood garçon de café, who are experts at their craft and make dining an art—despite pressure fromL’Office de Tourisme to be “more smiley.”

Published: Feb 19, 2015
Length: 8 minutes (2,160 words)

A Massacre in the Family

Allen investigates his great-great-grandfather’s role in the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, in which 200 Native Americans were murdered.

Published: Nov 25, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4,851 words)