a2a long reads | 7.16.17
Welcome to another A2A Long Reads, a weekly roundup of the most in-depth and thought-provoking longform journalism pieces (according to me, of course).
Rape choreography makes films safer, but still takes a toll on cast and crew
Creating an on-camera rape scene is hard work. It needs to be real and believable but not overdone or sensationalized. Most importantly, it needs to be done safely, studied and choreographed in advance to keep the actors safe. But while rape choreography is vital, what toll do acting out and filming such scenes have on cast and crew members? Rape stories must be told, but at what psychological and emotional costs?
When Dawn Chapman first learns about the underground fire that’s been burning near her home since 2010, she’s shocked. When she learns about the 50 thousand tons of nuclear waste illegally dumped into a landfill just 1,000 feet from that fire, she’s in disbelief. But when she learns that that fire and waste could eventually meet and cause “an event,” that shock and disbelief turn into action. This story isn’t about the crime but rather, the cover up.
A death row convict’s final words set two innocent men free
For more than 20 years, De’Marchoe Carpenter and Malcolm Scott were imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit. Their convictions were based on weak evidence- at best -and a poor defence. The two men, who were only 17 when they were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 170 years, had always maintained their innocence. But it would take the confession of a death row inmate to finally set them free.
Children of the opioid epidemic are flooding foster homes. America is turning a blind eye.
In Ohio’s Ashtabula County, it’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by America’s growing opioid crisis. The state has one of the highest overdose rates in the country, with few signs of slowing down. But in this in-depth read from Mother Jones, the addicts aren’t the story but instead, it’s their children, the unintended victims of addiction. This is the story of how America’s billion-dollar opioid epidemic is quickly giving way to a million-dollar child care crisis.
The five-buck bump of cocaine that destroyed an Olympic dream
This isn’t the life 28-year-old Eric Thompson envisioned for himself. Just 10 years ago, in high school, the sky had been the limit. He was a “high jumper prodigy” with a promising future and a shot at the Olympics. But he had also been a naïve teenager with little knowledge of anti-doping protocols. Who could have ever imagined the high cost of a five-dollar bump of cocaine?
These are the week’s best long reads According to Adrienne. If you’ve got a piece you think I’d be interested in, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.