Reading ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ in Baghdad

A beautiful meditation on Kurt Vonnegut and the trauma of war.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Apr 13, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,000 words)

An Overdose and a Mother’s Search for Truth

“It’s clear my daughter died because of these drugs coming through our border,” Susan said afterward, to a bank of TV news cameras, and then she returned to North Carolina, where the more complicated truth was that nothing about Toria’s death seemed clear. Susan, a former private investigator, was trained to work a case and then solve it, but this time, she kept going back over the story, looking again for causes, reassigning blame, interrogating her own mistakes as she tried make sense of one drug death in a national epidemic.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Mar 31, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

The Sommeliers of Everything

A new breed of experts is here to help you appreciate the hard-to-name nuances in real Dijon, to let you experience the aroma of honey more deeply, and to choose the right water for your meal, but do we need certified experts to appreciate what we eat? And what makes these specialists experts?

Source: Washington Post
Published: Feb 4, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,344 words)

Teaching My Daughter that Love is Love

Vanessa Mártir learns about homophobia as a child but grows up to raise her daughter while in a happy, same-sex relationship.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jan 30, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,507 words)

This 42-year-old boxer has a job at IHOP, two kids, and 11 titles. She isn’t done—yet.

Outside the ring, Nelson is, in the words of her friend and fellow boxer Tyrieshia Douglas, “a nice churchy lady.” She spends half an hour each day reading and discussing Bible verses with her longtime boyfriend. She’s a hugger, a baby nuzzler, a bestower of silly nicknames. Then she enters the ring and something terrifying emerges, something that won’t let her stop punching until she has annihilated the person in the opposite corner.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jan 24, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,350 words)

Life, Death, and Insulin

As the cost of the lifesaving medication skyrockets, some desperate diabetics are rationing — and risking their lives. Was Alec Raeshawn Smith one of them?

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jan 13, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,200 words)

A murder, a grieving mother, and an act of grace

Trump used her slain daughter to rail against illegal immigration. She chose a different path.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Dec 28, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,238 words)

Parenthood Lost: How Incarcerated Parents are Losing Their Children Forever

“Mothers and fathers who have a child placed in foster care because they are incarcerated — but who have not been accused of child abuse, neglect, endangerment, or even drug or alcohol use — are more likely to have their parental rights terminated than those who physically or sexually assault their kids, according to a Marshall Project analysis of approximately 3 million child-welfare cases nationally.”

Source: Washington Post
Published: Dec 3, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,736 words)

Quitting Instagram: She’s One of the Millions Disillusioned With Social Media. But She Also Helped Create It.

For many early users, Insta has lost its intimacy and been co-opted by celebrities and other brand-builders. It also conflicts with their values. Is the end near?

Source: Washington Post
Published: Nov 13, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,034 words)

What Do We Owe Her Now?

In 2006, a high school student in Arlington, Texas named Amber Wyatt reported that she had been raped by two classmates. Authorities failed to help her and she was ostracized by her community. Twelve years later, Wyatt’s case remains unresolved, a troubling reminder that justice doesn’t always find a way.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Sep 19, 2018
Length: 37 minutes (9,475 words)