Nathaniel Rich

13 articles

The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare

Rob Billot spent eight years defending corporate clients in environmental cases. Then Wilbur Tennant called.


The Wasting

A plague leads sea stars to tear off their own arms.

Nathaniel Rich on the Longform Podcast

Louisiana Is Disappearing Into the Sea

“Since 1932, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed 2,300 square miles of the state’s wetlands, an area larger than Delaware. If no action is taken, the missing Delaware will become a missing Connecticut, and then a missing Vermont.”


The Man Who Saves You from Yourself

Going undercover with David Sullivan, cult infiltrator.


Aspen and the End of Snow

How the ski town of the super-rich is responding to global warming.


Tyler Hadley's Killer Party

He murdered his parents. Then he threw a party.


The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox

Inside the most sensational murder in the history of study abroad.


The Nightmare of the West Memphis Three

Three boys falsely accused of murder, and what the twenty-year saga says about all of us.


How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy

A journey on the Sunset Limited, which ferries people from Louisiana to California.


Diving Deep into Danger

On commercial diving, the third most deadly profession.


Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

A species of jellyfish that can transform itself back to a polyp at any time appears to debunk the most fundamental law of the natural world — you are born, and then you die.



The changing landscape of the Lower Ninth Ward in post-Katrina New Orleans:

There have been sightings of armadillos, coyotes, owls, hawks, falcons and even a four-foot alligator, drinking from a leaky fire hydrant. Rats have been less of a problem lately because of the stray cats and the birds of prey. But it’s not just animals that emerge from the weeds.