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Protected: The Extremely F*#!ing Chaotic Saga of the World’s Most Notorious Police Impersonator

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The Photographer Documenting Joy in the Undocumented Community

[] The first photo Yunuen Bonaparte ever developed was of a palm tree in her home state of California. She was at the bottom of the tree, angling the camera upwards. “That’s a different perspective,” was the reaction of her photography professor. Yunuen says it was like magic, seeing her photo appear in the darkroom, realizing, “Oh my God, I did this,...

The Black Newsroom

[] Through wartime and peace, boom and bust, through every major event that shakes our world, television journalists are among the most influential people who shape how we view that world. And throughout the medium’s history, most of those people have been white. But not all of them. We’re looking for inspiring and dramatic stories that celebrate Black...

The First Family of Human Cannonballing

[] Staring up through the barrel of his steel cocoon, all David Smith Jr. sees is a small circle of cornflower-blue sky. The angle of the 35-foot cannon is such that he is almost standing, every muscle in his body pulled taut. As the electrifying opening riff of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” kicks in, the announcer starts the countdown: “Five…four…three…” ...

The Latest on the “True Crime Podcast Junkie” Turned Real-Life Murder Suspect

[Illustration by Matt Rota] In January of 2022, we published a profile about the sordid saga of Steve Pankey, a podcast aficionado who lived near missing 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews and had a little too much to say about the case to true crime reporters. The story ended with a cliffhanger, as Pankey headed to a retrial. That trial has now concluded...

The 5 Most Popular Narratively Stories of 2022

[Illustration by Vicky Leta] Just when we think we might’ve heard every story, it’s thanks to you — our contributors, our writers, our readers — who show us just how much there is to know about what we don’t know. In 2022, our stories were all over the map, sometimes literally — from Argentina to Alabama — and sometimes figuratively — from punk rock...

Editors’ Picks: The Best Narratively Stories of 2022

[] Revolución on the Cookie Factory Floor  Story by Sofia Kuan and Facundo Iglesia Illustration by Yunuen Bonaparte The new owner of Argentina’s de facto national treat stopped paying his majority-female workforce — so they seized control of the entire operation. “To me, there’s nothing more exciting than a story that’s politically aware, stars...

The Women Who Became Writing Partners After 50 Years of Friendship

[] Quick — who’s your oldest friend? How many years have you known each other? Nancy Markey and Kay Adams probably have you beat. And by a few decades. For 52 and ½ years, their friendship has stayed strong, from grade school in Arkansas, through to high school and college, and then while living far apart. And now, they’re writing partners. After successful...

The Century-Long Duet of Two Dazzling One-Handed Pianists

[] If someone tells me ‘No, I can’t do something,’ and I feel that I can see it, smell it, taste it — I can visualize me doing it — then to me that ‘no’ doesn’t feel real,” says pianist Nicholas McCarthy.     Born without his right hand, McCarthy taught himself how to play piano as a teenager after hearing a classmate’s performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s...

A Gilded Age Tale of Murder and Madness

[] Tuesday, October 6, 1885, was a rainy morning on bustling Levin Street in Newport, Rhode Island. Despite the rain, the day began like any other, with milkmen and delivery boys making their usual rounds. Wives and daughters carried out their household duties while keeping an eye on the small children. Horses pulled wagons and carriages noisily up...

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