The CIA Is Trying to Recruit Gen Z—and Doesn’t Care If They’re All Over Social Media

“You’d think a generation of folks raised on making look-at-me posts on social media could never go work at the Agency. You’d be wrong.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Nov 9, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

The Vegan Food Wars of DC

“A crew of innovator chefs and entrepreneurs have turned Washington into a hub of plant-forward dining. But they have all kinds of competing ideas about what meat-free fare should be.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Oct 7, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,372 words)

It Was One Wet Hot Vax Summer at Seacrets

“Ocean City has about 7,000 year-rounders but sees some 8 million visitors a year. Of all the Delmarva beach towns, it may be the most spectacular study in contrasts. Families come to play on its gaping-wide beaches while barely legal kids who visit to get hammered are escorted out of beachside bars before 5 o’clock.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Sep 1, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,129 words)

The Making of an Activist Athlete

“How Washington Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud became the WNBA’s unofficial minister of social justice.”

Author: Mike Wise
Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jul 8, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,700 words)

Trump Hotel Employees Reveal What It Was Really Like Catering to the Right Wing Elite

“Four years’ worth of stories about VIP visits and grooming protocols, palm-greasing, rotten vegetables, and that time they lost Steve Mnuchin’s coat.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Feb 19, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,290 words)

The True Story of Jess Krug, the White Professor Who Posed as Black for Years—Until It All Blew Up Last Fall

“She fabricated harrowing personal backstories, peddled gross caricatures, and spoke from perspectives she had no right to claim. And nobody stopped her.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jan 27, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,892 words)

Death and the All-American Boy

“Joe Biden was a lot more careful around the press after this 1974 profile.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jun 1, 1974
Length: 18 minutes (4,728 words)

Spies, Dossiers, and the Insane Lengths Restaurants Go to Track and Influence Food Critics

When a glowing review can catapult a restaurant into stardom and a bad one can spell its doom, owners increasingly resort to a mainstay of political campaigns: opposition research.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Dec 6, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,413 words)

The Strange, Spectacular Con of Bobby Charles Thompson

Who was this ripoff artist who rubbed shoulders with Karl Rove and used a veterans nonprofit to steal millions of dollars from donors?

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Mar 19, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,595 words)

The Gruesome November Night in One of Washington’s Wealthiest Suburbs

A husband and wife are tortured and nearly stabbed to death by a former employee’s husband. Was it revenge, or an addict’s “medication-induced delirium”?

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Oct 2, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,332 words)