Articles

Critical Mass

May 24, 2017 By Robyn Ross

An Austin church remakes Catholicism without the Pope, celibate priests, or most of the other rules.

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The Empathy of David Brown

May 21, 2017 By Michael J. Mooney

In the turbulent days after a gunman murdered five officers last year, the Dallas police chief was the voice of compassion and unity that the city and country needed. The way he sees it, his entire life had been preparing him for that moment.

3,822 Miles

Apr 19, 2017 By Rick Bass

One man's quest to fly the length of Texas's perimeter and capture the nature of our boundaries.

The Secret Agent

Apr 19, 2017 By John Nova Lomax

Over the course of his legendary career, customs officer Hipolito Acosta saw terrible suffering in Mexico. Today, he worries about both sides of the border.

Black Elk Down

Mar 22, 2017 By Loren Steffy

How did a small Houston oil company with grand ambitions get caught up in the biggest Ponzi scheme since Bernie Madoff?

The Trouble With Innocence

Mar 22, 2017 By Michael Hall

For almost forty years, Kerry Max Cook did everything to clear his name after being convicted of a horrifying murder in Tyler. So when he was finally exonerated, why did he ask for his conviction back?

Great Expectations

Jan 25, 2017 By Max Marshall

Sure, I’d polished my résumé, made the right grades, and kept up with current events. But did I deserve one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world if I wanted it for all the wrong reasons?

The Prisoner

Dec 21, 2016 By Skip Hollandsworth

Edwin Debrow committed murder at age 12. Now 37, he remains behind bars. When should a child criminal be given a second chance?

Home Is Where The Art Is

Nov 30, 2016 By Daniel Singer

Charles Stagg walked into the woods and decided to build something. Now, four years after his death, his daughter and grandson are trying to preserve his masterpiece.

Lost and Found

Nov 23, 2016 By Katy Vine

They have fled war-torn countries, given up livelihoods, and left behind possessions and family for the safety of a foreign world of cowboy hats and Walmarts. But the refugees who land in Amarillo’s Astoria Park have an ally who understands their confusion and loss: a 64-year-old former teacher named Miss Evelyn.

Out of Africa

Nov 23, 2016 By Mimi Swartz

Winning the MacArthur “genius grant” was a career highlight for Rice professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum. But it was a visit to Malawi that changed her life.

Crossed Stitches

Nov 23, 2016 By Rachel Monroe

Beverly Pennington was a Pinterest-perfect entrepreneur whose patchwork quilts—made from people’s most treasured T-shirts—found thousands of devotees all over the country. But when the quilts stopped coming, leaving the shirts in limbo, her customers pieced together a plan to fight back.

The Iconoclast

Oct 19, 2016 By Eric Benson

Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.

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Blowout

Sep 21, 2016 By Loren Steffy

Four years after his indictment, one of the only people prosecuted for the Deepwater Horizon explosion tells his side of the story.

Trash Talk

Sep 21, 2016 By Christopher Hooks

The scion of one of Laredo’s first families wants to build a mammoth landfill on his ranch. But the opposition is fierce and vocal—and backed by none other than his uncle and his cousin.

Cops and Robbers

Sep 9, 2016 By Katy Vine

They were some of the toughest narcs on the border, known for busting smugglers, staging raids, seizing cartel cocaine—and being dirty.

The Yes Man

Aug 24, 2016 By Dan Slater

He was just a regular kid in South Texas, until a brush with the law propelled Gabriel Cardona into petty crime—and the service of a drug lord rising to power across the Rio Grande. In this exclusive excerpt from Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel, Dan Slater traces the true story of how one Laredo boy went from high school dropout to hit man.

When the Dust Settles

Aug 24, 2016 By Eva Hershaw

After Texas Tech researchers discovered that windstorms may be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria from local feedlots, public health experts stood up and took notice. So did the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Ruffled Feathers

Aug 24, 2016 By Sonia Smith

When a teenage boy brazenly shot two endangered whooping cranes outside Beaumont, his act unleashed widespread anger and resulted in a quick arrest—and revealed just how difficult it can be to save a species. 

Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

Aug 11, 2016 By Sasha von Oldershausen

Surveillance is part of daily life on the border. But how much do the people watching us know? What do they see? And how much of our privacy are we willing to sacrifice in the name of security?

Long Time Gone

Aug 5, 2016 By Amy McCarthy

Thirteen years after they were banned from country radio, it seems that Texas is ready to make nice with the Dixie Chicks. But it wasn't easy.