Saturday, April 25


The People’s Republic of Cruiseland

The author boards the Costa Atlantica for several days of line dancing, burlesque and buffets as part of the cruise industry’s new foray into China.

Friday, April 24


Dab Artists

Inside the world of “Wooks,” the loner-craftsmen behind the coming marijuana-concentrate boom.

Thursday, April 23


Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door

Inside the abusive practices of magazine-subscription sub-contractors.

Friday, April 17


The Trader in the Wild

Kate Matrosova was a classic overachiever and, at 32, had everything to live for. Still she set out alone into the mountains of New Hampshire—and a deadly storm.

Wednesday, April 15


Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.

Tuesday, April 7


The Assistant Economy

Nowadays, the young and privileged view un- and under-paid assistantships as the road to a successful creative career. Are they deluding themselves?

Monday, April 6


Sugar Days

The sugar beet harvest in North Dakota draws a modern version of the American hobo.

Friday, April 3


Level 14

A home for troubled children in California comes undone.

Sunday, March 29


The Deadly Global War for Sand

Paleram Chauhan, a 52-year-old Indian farmer, was shot dead during the summer of 2013. The reason: his opposition to a gang of criminals stealing his village’s sand to sell on the black market.

Saturday, March 28


The Shut-In Economy

There are two roles to play in the new world of on-demand everything: royalty or servant.

Sunday, March 22


For Hardee’s Workers, It’s Not a Parable, It’s a Job

Fast food used to be a transitional, temporary work. In Creston, Iowa, it has become a career.

Friday, March 20


Death, Redesigned

A few Silicon Valley executives are experimenting with mortality. “I don’t want death to be such a downer,” says one.