Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

Today, Robert Mueller heads the investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 US presidential election. At Wired, Garrett M. Graff reports on one of Mueller’s perhaps lesser known but nonetheless fascinating and insightful previous assignments: at one time, Mueller oversaw the US’ investigation into the the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 27, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,822 words)

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World’s Most Coveted Meteorite

Meteorite hunters Mike Farmer and Robert Ward travel to Carancas, a tiny village at 12,000 feet in Peru’s remote altiplano, to examine a crater in the hope to claim precious rock from space.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 17, 2018
Length: 43 minutes (10,805 words)

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

“IndiaSpend, a data journalism outlet, pegs the figure at 33 killed in 69 incidents of mob violence between January 2017 and July 2018.”

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 12, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,475 words)

My Father Says He’s a ‘Targeted Individual.’ Maybe We All Are

When Jean Guerrero’s father told her that the CIA was monitoring him, she didn’t dismiss him as sick or crazy. She investigated his claims the way a journalist should, and she began to see our digital world very differently.

Source: Wired
Published: Oct 25, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,154 words)

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank and Then it Turned Deadly

How a malevolent, remorseless online troll and the shoot-first, ask questions later mode of policing created a real-life tragedy in Wichita Kansas.

Source: Wired
Published: Oct 23, 2018
Length: 31 minutes (7,817 words)

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

In 2017, during an ongoing unofficial war, Russian targeted Ukraine with malware to test its cyberattack skills and possibly punish countries that did with business with Ukraine. In the process, it knocked out shipping and manufacturing throughout the world. By the time it was contained, the White House estimated the total damages at $10 billion dollars. Authorities say worse attacks are yet to come.

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 22, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,221 words)

Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build a Border Wall

A company named Anduril Industries is testing a sophisticated digital wall, called Lattice, to prevent unauthorized crossings along the US-Mexico border. Instead of using a fence and barbed wire, Lattice uses cameras, virtual reality and radar. If the system works, Anduril hopes to become a major player in the defense industry. But are the politcal values of its co-founder, Palmer Luckey, reason for concern?

Source: Wired
Published: Jun 11, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,627 words)

The Untold Story of Robert Mueller’s Time in Combat

At Wired, Garrett M. Graff reports on how serving in Vietnam instilled a discipline and relentlessness in Robert S. Mueller that underpins his approach to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Source: Wired
Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 33 minutes (8,279 words)

The Robot Assault On Fukushima

How one little robot bravely went where no human could, to document the extent of the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant so that Japanese scientists can figure out how to clean it up.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 26, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,613 words)

The Final, Terrible Voyage of the Nautilus

Kim Wall went for a ride on a submarine, hoping to write a story about a maker of “extreme machines.” She never did. In a search for answers, May Jeong traveled to Denmark to investigate the tragic and senseless murder of her friend — a young journalist in the prime of her life.

Author: May Jeong
Source: Wired
Published: Feb 15, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,044 words)