Filipinos make up nearly a third of all cruise ship workers. It’s a good job. Until it isn’t. The California Sunday Magazine The clearest sign that Regie Lagarde was under pressure came with the sale of his beloved Violeta, a vintage lavender-colored Mitsubishi Lancer.
The days, weeks, and months after the worst mass shooting in modern American history The California Sunday Magazine It is Monday evening, less than 24 hours after Stephen Paddock — an isolated, shadowy 64-year-old retired tax auditor and postal worker from Mesquite, Nevada, a high roller who l
Nearly all the world’s fake products come from China. America’s oldest private detective agency is on the case.
The Peruvian version of the international television game show franchise The Moment of Truth arrived in Lima in mid-2012. By that time, the program had been produced in dozens of countries around the world, including the United States, where it aired on Fox in 2008 and 2009.
Liz Waite and Kersheral Jessup couldn’t afford a higher education, let alone rent. But they worked and scrounged and slept on couches to put themselves through school. Will their degrees be worth it? The California Sunday Magazine “Hey,” the text began.
A secret network of women is working outside the law and the medical establishment to provide safe, cheap home abortions.
Six months ago, my 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, sent me a video. In it, she’s hanging upside down by her feet from a head-high granite boulder, inching along from one end to the other. It’s everything that you’d ever want in your child — to be like a baby bat.
It’s cold in the woods. Dark, too. This redwood thicket outside Fort Bragg, California, feels like a passageway to some other realm. Redwoods have that effect. They’re Grimms’ fairytale trees: They render you small and disoriented, a child who’s wandered off.
Devon Newman parked her black Honda Civic outside the warehouse. Her friend David Brutsche glowered in the passenger seat — they’d spent the 12-minute crawl across Las Vegas bickering about the mission. How committed are you, David barked, in that prison-guard way of his.
In liberal Hollywood, Republicans have formed one of the industry’s most influential (and most discreet) political organizations. The California Sunday Magazine Dave Berg was invited to Friends of Abe during a commercial break on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
It’s easy to stand in the northwest corner of Arizona, cut off from most everything by the 277-mile-long Grand Canyon, and feel like the rest of the world has vanished. The sky is massive, the clouds wisps, the land pancaked and parched, until it isn’t.
North Korean women have been escaping to the South in search of freedom and happier lives. But what happens when hope leads to disappointment? The California Sunday Magazine Years ago in Yonsa, a small North Korean town near the Chinese border, residents gathered to watch a man die.
Ted Ngoy overcame poverty and escaped genocide, made a fortune off doughnuts and gambled it all away. Today, Ngoy is back on top — but America’s biggest doughnut chain could threaten the hundreds of California shops that are his legacy.
A sometimes pointed, sometimes resigned conversation with engineers, designers, research scientists, and job candidates who are pushing for a more ethical Silicon Valley The California Sunday Magazine The Tech Revolt A sometimes pointed, sometimes resigned conversation with engineers, designers, res
René and Juan Carlos set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism. This is what happened. The California Sunday Magazine With its decaying two-story homes and grazing cows, Bello looks like just another sleepy suburb of Medellín, Colombia.
How do we forgive the unforgivable? The California Sunday Magazine The first time I met Rocky Rontal, I asked him to describe his childhood. I watched him stiffen, like someone preparing for the sharp poke of a needle. He rubbed a palm over his close-cropped black hair.
When Vonnie Cary first locked eyes with Arno Smit he was standing near the concession stand at a Central Valley Christian High School football game, surrounded, as he nearly always was, by a phalanx of South African dairymen chattering in Afrikaans.
Startup founders throughout the Midwest are doing something new. Staying. The California Sunday Magazine A couple of years ago, Megan Glover was on a coffee date with a friend when the conversation turned to the water crisis in Flint. Glover found herself nodding along.
On a rain-soaked field of artificial turf, the Washington State University Cougars, a team inscribed in the annals of college-sports infamy for suffering one of the worst four-year records in the history of NCAA Division I football — with only nine wins between 2008 and 2011 — are lin
Favored to win their third straight championship, Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors face more adversity than fans realize. Kerr speaks with his former coach Phil Jackson — who led two teams to 11 NBA championships — about surviving success.
A group of Latina women across the country have been working in secret, turning their homes into shelters for abused immigrant women. The California Sunday Magazine Valentina* drove two hours up the California coast to the flat farming town of Santa Maria and stopped outside a white motor home.
To live in Wyoming is to drive a lot. There’s not much traffic, save for the 18-wheelers on the interstates. Along some roads, cowboys herd cattle. Wind turbines rise up on a sheer horizon, gleaming massive and white. Coal trains a mile long run into the distance.
One scientist is on a quest to find the genetic mutations that make athletes elite — which may lead to new treatments for the rest of us. The California Sunday Magazine At 14, Caitlin Gregg had never run a real race.
What happens when you put a classroom on wheels and park it in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco? The California Sunday Magazine One day late last August, Shelia Hill sat at a table on a sidewalk in Sunnydale, outside a San Francisco city bus that had been painted an exceedingly upbeat shad
During Argentina’s military dictatorship, some 500 babies were born in secret torture centers or kidnapped. A group of grandmothers spent the next four decades searching for them, becoming activists, then icons. But hundreds remained missing. One of them was named Martín.
That Wednesday began the way it was supposed to. Gwen Woods got out of bed an hour before sunrise, showered, and dressed for work. As she was leaving the house, her phone rang. “God morning,” she greeted Mario, her youngest son. “God morning,” he replied.
This past summer, I flew home to Michigan for the funeral of a childhood friend. After the memorial, I went for a drink with a few pals I hadn’t seen since high school, including Tanya, whom I’d nursed a fluctuating crush on from about third to 12th grade.
How a ragtag group of artists launched an art-entertainment empire The California Sunday Magazine One afternoon this spring, I was exploring the dim, salmon-pink kitchen inside the Meow Wolf collective’s first permanent exhibit, House of Eternal Return — a sprawling, fever-dream portrayal of
After two decades spent making movies, including last year’s record- breaking “Girls Trip,” Malcolm D. Lee wishes he could stop paying his dues. The California Sunday Magazine Director Malcolm D. Lee sits second-row center in a darkened editing room at Warner Bros.
In March 2014, the CEO of AirHelp, Henrik Zillmer, appeared on Fox to explain his company to the channel’s business anchors. Are you an airline passenger whose flight was delayed or canceled? For a cut, AirHelp’s app will assist in securing the hundreds of dollars you might be entitled to.
How a shy Ph.D. in English literature revolutionized the science of cooking and became revered in the most famous kitchens in the world The California Sunday Magazine The first time I had dinner with Harold McGee, he didn’t touch the food.
When Elgin Damasco’s radio talk show was over, his bodyguards would hustle him out of his fortified studio and into his car. They would drive him through the leafy streets of Puerto Princesa, capital of the western Philippine province of Palawan, and bring him home.
A little over a year ago in West Los Angeles, Roy Choi, celebrity chef, inventor of the Kogi taco, and the “Godfather of the Food-Truck Movement,” sat down with a team of agents from the Creative Artists Agency. The meeting had been called to create the “Roy Choi brand.
The parking lot of Millenium Shoes, a sneaker emporium in Inglewood, was packed. From afar, it looked like a music festival. Hip-hop played over the speakers, and the line to get in, even by the end of the day, was 40 to 50 people long. But up close, everyone was eating. Banana pudding.
In September 2011, David Black was assigned to photograph a 24-year-old up-and-coming rapper from Compton named Kendrick Lamar. He noticed an “inspiration board” tacked on the wall of the garage where the rapper was recording tracks for his new album.
What happens when tech leaders, like Y Combinator’s Sam Altman, believe our system is broken? They treat it like a startup. The California Sunday Magazine Last year on election night, Sam Altman invited a hundred friends to watch TV at his house in San Francisco’s Mission District.
No one suspected the Los Angeles Beat Scene would rewire the circuits of international underground music, but over the past year its influence has become pervasive, shaping some of the biggest hip-hop albums and dictating the future of modern jazz.
When people talk about tech’s lack of diversity, they often talk about the pipeline problem: the idea that there aren’t enough qualified women and people of color to hire, which is why the industry is so homogeneous. But to some, the so-called pipeline problem is an excuse.
When Kate and Laura Mulleavy set out to make a feature film, the sisters began in the redwoods. The Mulleavys, the renowned designers behind the L.A.-based fashion label Rodarte, always seem to begin in the woods.
The rash, which has spread from the crook of my elbow to the base of my wrist, is starting to sprout puffy, crimson welts. It’s been three minutes since I rubbed a mound of coarse blond fibers onto my forearm, and what began as a mild prickling sensation has escalated into a throbbing itch.
As mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf has an impossible job. Just don’t tell her that. The California Sunday Magazine On a cold day in an unusually rainy winter, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf took the stage in an underheated school auditorium high in the Oakland hills.
Two years ago, he was a respected but little-known congressman from Los Angeles. Today, he’s the face of the Democrats’ opposition to Trump. The California Sunday Magazine “I got a picture! I got a picture!” A middle-aged woman named Barb plops down into a chair, out of breath.
Fingerprints. Eyewitness accounts. Bite marks. All suspect? The L.A. public defender’s office decided it needed a scientist. The California Sunday Magazine Erin Morris keeps a document on her computer with a rundown of subjects she has advised on in recent years.
It’s 8 a.m. and the two founders of Tonko House animation studio are preparing to meditate. Their 200-square-foot space at the industrial edge of southwest Berkeley is filled with desktops and laptops, packed bookshelves, paint jars, brushes and carbon markers, and one ten-foot-long work table.
It was almost noon on a Friday in the working-class Hong Kong neighborhood of Jordan, and Chiu Wing Keng was tired. The 28-year-old chef had been up until 6 that morning prepping ingredients in anticipation of a busy weekend at Kai Kai Dessert, his family’s two-floor storefront on Ning Po Street.
Gao Fachang is walking up a jungle path deep in China’s Six Great Tea Mountains. We have spent the last hour on steep dirt roads, being tossed around in a pickup truck like rocks in a washing machine. Now on foot, we scramble past a hut with split bamboo walls and an earthen floor.
The founder of BitTorrent is on a quest to develop an eco-friendly cryptocurrency. The California Sunday Magazine I’m standing in the lobby of a skyscraper in San Francisco’s financial district to meet a man who thinks he can fix Bitcoin.
Can Oakland, a new capital of legal weed, undo the injustices of the war on drugs? The California Sunday Magazine Nina Parks was working as a music video producer in 2014 when her brother was arrested and sentenced to a year at New York City’s Rikers Island for marijuana possession.
The naked body, given the right circumstances, can sound as vast as a continent. I’m afloat on my back in a foot of water so thick with Epsom salt, it’s almost viscous. My nose, mouth, eyes, and breasts hover above the salty syrup; the rest of my body is submerged, including my plugged ears.
Since the inauguration of our 45th president, a new kind of national ritual has emerged: After waking and removing the dental night guard you’ve come to depend on as a necessary line of defense against anxious sleep, you fumble for your phone.
The women fighting the Colombian government tell their stories. The California Sunday Magazine The Western Hemisphere’s oldest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is about to lay down its arms.
Dawn beckoned. The sun inched over the horizon of northern Colorado as Jacob Job and I twisted through a canyon en route to Rocky Mountain National Park. Over the rumble of his blue Ford F-150, he ticked off a list of rules for us to follow in the forest:
On a foggy morning last summer, I met Liam*, 18, for breakfast at a San Francisco café. Liam was a slender boy, a little nerdy-looking, with dark hair and oversize plastic glasses — not the type I would have pegged as a player. He described himself as athletic but not varsity material.