Dustin Renwick took on the McArdle family recipe for pumpkin pie, but substituted brown sugar for granulated. He made the crust from scratch, using a favorite cookbook.

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Hearing stories from behind the burqa

September 30, 2022

New Yorker writer Anand Gopal worked through layers of sources to enter the veiled world of Afghan women under Taliban rule

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The Pitch: Landing a “definitive narrative” in The Atavist Magazine

August 18, 2022

Editor Seyward Darby: "I definitely want people who are willing to strip a story down to its basics and figure out how to build it back up." 

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How Rolling Stone revisited a mass tragedy to ‘humanize the horrendous’

July 26, 2022

After the Florida condo collapse, Matt Sullivan vowed not to forget a teen survivor. The year-later profile has credibility, empathy and a haunting ending

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Shaping a historic narrative: The Jan. 6 hearings as story craft

July 21, 2022

The public hearings of the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol draw on core narrative elements

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A reporter explores the laws and emotion involved in helping her father die

June 8, 2022

Bloomberg investigative reporter Esmé Deprez researched a range of death-with-dignity issues after becoming her father's end-of-life partner

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Lauren Hough goes on a hunt for Bonnie and Clyde and her Grandpa Chuck

May 25, 2022

A celebrated memoirist returns to her native Texas on a quest to determine if her family stories were true

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Viewing the COVID divide through tensions in one rural community

February 8, 2022

AP reporter Tim Sullivan found a small town on the Minnesota prairie to explore the political chasms exposed by COVID

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An Atlantic writer turned a fatal blow into a sensitive study of boxing, guilt and grit

January 18, 2022

Jacob Stern knew nothing about boxing when he set out to ask a painful question: How can a boxer who killed an opponent return to the ring?

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How Rachel Aviv of The New Yorker exposed the “troubled teen industry”

January 6, 2022

Aviv scoured court records, social media and personal journals to reveal the abuses of a system of unregulated Christian boarding schools

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A profile of one family divided by vaccine politics reflects the divide of a nation

November 23, 2021

Peter Jamison of The Washington Post immerses into the emotional chasm of a family struggling with divergent views and a sudden death

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Immersing into the lives of children damaged by gun violence, and laws that don’t stop it

November 5, 2021

John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post talks to kids like an adult, sits on their bedroom floors, and doesn't push until they're OK with him

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How to turn a theme and 900 words into sense-of-place poetry

October 6, 2021

Kim Cross used smart pre-reporting, creative hustle and a night on a trampoline to find freedom in a reported essay about freedom