Longreads

Health |
April 18, 2018

Mothers in Peril

A harrowing journey through Houston’s health care system offers an inside look at why so many women are dying after giving birth.

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January 23, 2018

The Astronaut Who Might Actually Get Us to Mars

As an eighteen-year-old immigrant to the U.S., Franklin Chang Díaz dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now, decades after tying the record for most spaceflights, he might be the best bet to get us to Mars.

News & Politics |
January 17, 2018

How Whitney Wolfe Herd Changed the Dating Game

The first time I heard about Bumble, I was complaining about dating apps, a favorite pastime of those of us consigned to them. This was December 2015, and I’d spent four months swiping right (but mostly left) on Tinder. It had yielded three good dates, one of which turned…

Border & Immigration |
December 1, 2017

The Young Americans of DACA

Pedro Villalobos is a star prosecutor. Gerardo De Loera is a musician. Joseph Ramirez is a tech entrepreneur. They’re young, they’re smart, they make America great. They’re also undocumented. And now, they face being sent back to a place they’ve never called home.

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October 27, 2017

The Convert

Tania Joya had been married to a jihadist from Texas for ten years, but she was tired of living like a nomad and unnerved by his increasingly extreme ideology. When he dragged their family to war-torn Syria, she knew it was time to get out.

Features |
July 25, 2017

The Drug Runners

The Tarahumara of northern Mexico became famous for their ability to run incredibly long distances. Now, they’re running for their lives.

Music |
June 26, 2017

Bad Girls Get Old

Thirty years ago, Jo Carol Pierce turned her Lubbock upbringing into a sublime musical about sex, suicide, and Jesus. Now 72, she's ready for her third act.

Features |
May 25, 2017

Welcome to the Green Machine

My son was jobless, directionless, and apartmentless. So when he decided to join the Army, we were just glad he was out of the house. What we didn’t know was just how much the military would change him—and us. …

Politics & Policy |
May 21, 2017

The Empathy of David Brown

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.

Feature |
April 19, 2017

3,822 Miles

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

Sports |
March 22, 2017

Star Rocket in Flight

With slick television ads promoting his signature Adidas, hip-hop songs dropping his name, a possible MVP award, and the most famous beard since ZZ Top, James Harden has arrived. In fact, he may just be the biggest name in Texas.

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March 22, 2017

The Trouble With Innocence

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?…

Music |
February 23, 2017

The Underdog’s on Top

Country singer Aaron Watson wears denim, loves two-steppin', and sings about bluebonnets without irony. Which gets him little attention in Nashville—but plenty of love everywhere else.

The Culture |
December 30, 2016

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

In the age of gastropubs and microbreweries, Texas still boasts a few real dive bars—where the jukebox is irreplaceable, the beer is domestic, and the patrons feel like family—if you know where to look.

Libations |
December 30, 2016

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

In the age of gastropubs and microbreweries, Texas still boasts a few real dive bars—where the jukebox is irreplaceable, the beer is domestic, and the patrons feel like family—if you know where to look.