Selected Writing

HOW TO NOT DIE IN AMERICA

An American healthcare nightmare

PREGNANT, UNINSURED, AND ADRIFT

When I started talking to women about their pregnancies, I was surprised how many placed the blame for the high cost of delivery on themselves

HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN AMERICA WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING YOUR NAME

The inside story of how an under-the-radar political donor leverages his wealth to consolidate his influence, undetected

THE STORY OF A GUN

Tracking down all the executives who stand to benefit from the sale of a single gun

A GLIMPSE INTO THE BUREAUCRATIC HELL OF DENYING HEALH INSURANCE CLAIMS

A series of interviews with people on the other side of the phone

THE FIRST STEP TO RECOVERY IS ADMITTING YOU’RE A RACIST

A visit to a “Racists Anonymous” meeting in Oklahoma, and the limits of the 12-step redemption narrative

THE MAKING OF A SYMPATHETIC MAN

A journalistic oversight and the stories men tell each other about themselves

WHEN THE COST OF GIVING BIRTH IS BILLED TO YOUR BABY

Unravelling a bizarre and misunderstood quirk in the system

LIVE FROM THE JUGGALO MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

America is weird and bad

WILL GOOD OL’ AMERICAN GUN NUTS LET THESE PEOPLE STAND THEIR GROUND

Can an armed society really be pummeled into being more polite?