Longreads

Feature |
February 24, 2016

Gender Bender

Colt Keo-Meier is Texas’s preeminent researcher on transgender issues. But for him, it’s not just about the science. It’s personal.

January 31, 2016

To Tell the Truth

Michael McManus was one of thousands of men and women who embellish their military service. But his story casts a different light on stolen valor.

Health |
January 27, 2016

Put to the Test

For children with debilitating epilepsy, an unprecedented medical trial in Fort Worth offers a glimmer of hope. But if it works, is the state ready to embrace medical marijuana?

True Crime |
December 23, 2015

Just Desserts

Sandy Jenkins was a quiet accountant at the Collin Street Bakery who felt overlooked and dreamed of living the good life. He found it (for a while) by embezzling nearly $17 million from the famed fruitcake maker.

Science |
December 23, 2015

False Impressions

How the once troubled Texas Forensic Science Commission put the state at the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement.

Military |
November 18, 2015

Over There

In Africa Texas Special Forces unit are trying to help win the War on Terror, teaching one lesson at a time.

The Culture |
November 18, 2015

Haute Topic

Houston’s super-rich are learning to love the brand-new, very ritzy, much-heralded River Oaks District. (Maybe.)

Essay |
November 18, 2015

The Will of God

I always knew that the work my dad did as an Episcopal priest and grief counselor was important. But I didn’t understand how important until the birth of my son.

Criminal Justice |
October 21, 2015

The Outcast

A dark incident almost twenty years ago put Greg Torti on the sex offender registry for life. But the real story, he insists, is much more complicated.

Critters |
October 21, 2015

Sanctuary City

Will border politics crush Mission’s attempt to brand itself as the butterfly capital of America before that dream takes wing?

Real Estate |
October 20, 2015

Can You Afford to Live Here?

You know you’ve seen it: condos multiplying, home prices tripling, realtors scrambling, buyers overbidding. Does our state’s fevered real estate craze make us the country’s best housing market—or the most overvalued? I went on a tour of our four largest cities to find out.

Media |
September 17, 2015

The Road to Damascus

In 2012 Austin Tice answered a calling: to become a war photographer and tell the world what was happening in Syria. But then he went missing.

Sports |
August 13, 2015

Mega Watt

He’s the best defensive player in the NFL but writes his own Christmas cards. He has thousands of fans who’d love to party, but he goes to bed at seven-thirty. He could be the league’s next MVP but enjoys buying his own groceries. Is Houston’s J. J. Watt for real?

Environment |
August 13, 2015

Up in the Tower

The DuPont chemical plant in La Porte was once hailed as the safest around. Until the deaths of four workers exposed a darker truth.

Politics & Policy |
July 22, 2015

The Agitator

He wasn’t diplomatic and he wasn’t subtle, but Curtis Graves forged a political path for black Texans—and altered history forever.

Religion |
May 21, 2015

For the Mouth Speaks

Catherine Grove walked away from the Church of Wells last month. Now, she and the elders of the East Texas church explain why she left—and why she returned to the congregation that many call a cult.

Film & TV |
May 14, 2015

Urban Cowboy Turns 35

It was part musical, part dance movie, and part love story, and in June 1980 it unleashed an unprecedented fervor for country music, Western wear, and, yes, mechanical bulls. More than three decades later, the film’s stars (including John Travolta, Debra Winger, Mickey Gilley, and Johnny Lee) and many Gilley’s regulars recall the movie that made America fall in love with Texas.

Music |
February 12, 2015

Plains Sound

Twenty-year-old Hayden Pedigo is making the most innovative, audacious music in the country. So why is he still in Amarillo? 

Politics & Policy |
February 6, 2015

To Love and to Cherish

In a 5-4 ruling on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry across the country. Here is the story of two women who fought for that historic decision in Texas—and helped to make it a reality.

Essay |
January 14, 2015

My Brother’s Secret

Growing up in my family, there were things you just didn’t talk about. Like feelings. Or sex. Or dying from AIDS.

True Crime |
December 9, 2014

A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit

When the 85-year-old matriarch of a prominent pecan-farming clan in San Saba was murdered, her death shook the town—and exposed how obsession and greed can fell a family from within.

The Culture |
December 9, 2014

The Road From Crystal City

During World War II, Isamu Taniguchi was one of six-thousand-plus immigrants sent to a little-known internment camp in South Texas for being a suspected spy. In this excerpt from her new book, Jan Jarboe Russell uncovers how he and his family emerged unbroken.

Religion |
November 13, 2014

Man on Fire

The Reverend Charles Moore ardently dedicated his life to the service of God and his fellow man. But when he couldn’t shake the thought that he hadn’t done enough, he drove to a desolate parking lot in his hometown of Grand Saline for one final act of faith.

National Magazine Award Nominee |
August 12, 2014

The Witness

For more than a decade, Michelle Lyons’s job required her to watch condemned criminals be put to death. After 278 executions, she won't ever be the same.