In Praise of Refugee Chefs: They Came from Syria, But They Represent an American Ideal

They crept across mountains at night to escape bombings in Damascus. Coyotes smuggled them across the Mekong River. Now they cook for you and me at other peoples’ restaurants and dream of opening their own one day. Refugee chefs receive unique culinary educations, and they offer food as a cultural exchange between people, if we let them.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Dec 7, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,277 words)

The Wounds They Carry

How six teens dealt with their trauma days after the Las Vegas shooting massacre. Cox spoke with family members, friends, witnesses, doctors, and school officials to show the effect of gun violence on these young survivors.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Dec 7, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

Woman Says Roy Moore Initiated Sexual Encounter When She Was 14, He Was 32

Leigh Corfman says that Roy Moore, a 2018 U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, took her to his house when she was 14 years old and had sexual contact with her. Three other women say Moore pursued relationships with them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Nov 9, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,538 words)

A Showdown Over Sharia

What happened when two groups of men — anti-sharia activists and Muslims — decided to meet at a Dairy Queen one afternoon and have a civil debate.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Sep 22, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,760 words)

Children Under Fire

Nearly two dozen children are shot every day in the U.S. John Woodrow Cox follows the story of one of these children, 4-year-old Carter “Quis” Hill, who was shot in the head during a road rage incident.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Sep 15, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,526 words)

At the Heart of Every Restaurant

The Washington Post’s food critic volunteers to work a dishwashing shift at a 250-seat restaurant in Houston, Texas, to better understand a job that’s critical to a successful kitchen.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Aug 7, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,865 words)

Who Was She? A DNA Test Only Opened New Mysteries

For most of her life, Alice Collins Plebuch believed she was the daughter of Irish Americans. A DNA test upended everything she thought she knew about her family history.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jul 27, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

Why My Guitar Gently Weeps

The slow, secret death of the six-string electric. And why you should care.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jun 22, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,838 words)

Twelve Seconds of Gunfire

The shooting at the elementary school lasted just 12 seconds, but the damaging effect it had on a group of first-graders continues to endure months later.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jun 9, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,946 words)

The Painful Truth About Teeth

The divide between rich and poor in this country may be a sharp line between those who can care for their teeth and those who can’t. Thirty-five percent of American adults don’t have dental insurance, and even those who do may only be able to afford cleanings, and little else. The Washington Post visits a free dental clinic on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which for two days provided over a million dollars in free care to those who couldn’t afford it.

Source: Washington Post
Published: May 13, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,600 words)