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Living Above The Store: The Untold Story Of The Most Notorious House In Comedy History

One grand old house overlooking the Sunset Strip played host to a generation of comics — including Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, and Robin Williams — launching dozens of careers and about as many drug problems. The crash pad of a comedy revolution, remembered, kinda, by the people who survived it.

David Peisner • 3 years ago

Ramy Essam Needs To Stay Famous So He Doesn't Get Killed

In 2011, at age 23, Egypt's "singer for the revolution" was lionized for helping to overthrow a dictator. Four years later, a brutal military crackdown has all but destroyed the country's youthful protest movement while its hero bides his time in a faraway country, trying to keep the fight — and himself — alive.

David Peisner • 4 years ago

The Heartbreak And Confusion Of A 19-Year Missing Child Case

As if losing a child to kidnapping wasn't horrifying enough, ineffective law enforcement agencies and predatory private investigators only add to the confusion and pain. Deana Hebert's long, maddening search for her daughter — and the ex-husband who took her — may be the rule, not the exception.

David Peisner • 4 years ago

When Does Chanting A Soccer Team's Nickname Become A Crime?

Is Tottenham Hotspur's nickname — the Yids — an anti-Semitic slur that should get its fans arrested, a misunderstood tradition, or a rousing cry for Jewish pride? Whatever the answer, it has become a flashpoint for discussion of free speech, civility, and the public image of an increasingly lucrative sport.

David Peisner • 5 years ago

The Low-Budget, High-Pressure Life Of An MLS Rookie

Major League Soccer is the only pro sports league in America where superstars can earn 140 times more than their teammates. How much longer will it be able to convince talented, internationally coveted young players like the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Kofi Opare to stay in the U.S. for $35,000 a year?

David Peisner • 5 years ago

"¡Libertad!": Cuban Metal Bands Get Their First Taste Of Freedom

After spending their lives making extreme music under oppressive circumstances, a handful of Cuban bands — with the help of a writer and a filmmaker — finally got the chance to play in the U.S. The hardest part: deciding whether they could ever go home again.

David Peisner • 5 years ago

The Man Behind The Historic Implosion Of The Ex-Gay Movement

Alan Chambers wasn’t just the leader of Exodus International, he was also a member. When he shut down the ministry network this summer, foes and allies alike debated whether this was a tipping point for conservative Christians’ acceptance of homosexuality or merely a symptom of his own inability to practice what he preached.

David Peisner • 5 years ago

The Ghosts Of Jonesboro: Fifteen Years After A School Shooting, A Small Town Is Still Recovering

On March 24, 1998, two children shot up a middle school near Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing five, wounding ten, and setting the benchmark for a horrifying trend in America. This is the story of how the close-knit rural community healed — and didn’t — and what places like Newtown can learn from its example.

David Peisner • 6 years ago