Tuesday, January 19


The Mourning Anchor

On the talent, ego, and late father of Bryant Gumbel.


The Man Who Solved His Own Murder

In 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy working for British intelligence, was poisoned. As he lay dying, he worked with detectives to find his killer.

Monday, January 18


The Drum Major Instinct

“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long.”


Unearthing the Sea Witch

Behind the character Ursula in The Little Mermaid was a legendary drag queen from Baltimore named Divine.



A bicycling love story.


The Polaroids of the Cowboy Poet

Chris Earnshaw began taking photographs of Washington, D.C. more than 40 years ago. By the time he paid a visit to a museum to tout his work, he had in his possession—in plastic bags and filing drawers—3,000 Polaroids of a city long gone.

Sunday, January 17


Ten Days in a Mad-House

A journalist goes undercover in an isolated women’s insane asylum.


City Hall Screwjob

The city of Cleveland is on the hook $18.7 million in judgements for police brutality. They have a plan to get out of paying. And if it works, cities across the country could starting using the same maneuver.

Saturday, January 16


The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene

How a woman whose muscles disappeared discovered she shared a disease with a muscle-bound Olympic medalist.


How It Feels

An essay on depression, art, and growing up.