The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

A false report on Twitter about violent leftist activists traveling by bus exploded into a call to arms. Then a bus, carrying a family and two dogs, rolled into a remote Northwestern town best known as the setting for the Twilight series. Chaos ensued.
Source: Wired
Published: Oct 8, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

“Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.”

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 21, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,576 words)

In China, GitHub Is a Free Speech Zone for Covid Information

“As coronavirus news was increasingly trapped behind the Great Firewall, the programming platform became a refuge from censorship. It may not last long.”

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 9, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,590 words)

The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was

“Are we autonomous, self-running machines, or is life in constant, subtle communication with the Earth, sun, moon, and even stars?”

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,581 words)

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

“Scarred by trauma and devoted to Trump, a man began mailing explosives to the president’s critics on the eve of an election. Inside the race to catch him.”

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 12, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,200 words)

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

“TikTok, it turned out, was reminiscent of Vine in more ways than one. The common denominator of many of its viral moments is an unspoken partiality to Black cultural expression. It works like an accelerant.”

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 4, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,458 words)

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on the Crime Next Door

The Citizen app gives everyone with a smartphone the ability to report on crimes and crises as they happen. How do you do that without opening the door to privacy invasions and profiling? That’s a lot less clear.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 20, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,743 words)

Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal

For 15 years, Anne Fadiman taught her students in intimate classrooms. Covid-19  has meant reinventing the way she teaches.

Source: Wired
Published: Jun 17, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,087 words)

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn’t We?

“A virologist helped crack an impossible problem: how to insure against the economic fallout from devastating viral outbreaks. The plan was ingenious. Yet we’re still in this mess.”

Source: Wired
Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,325 words)

The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

“They pushed him against a closet and told him to strip so they could see whether he was circumcised, a sure sign that he wasn’t Hindu. After that, the group handed the man over to police.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 4 minutes (1,107 words)