One of the richest, most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever encountered, of an elderly man accused of raping his wife, who had dementia. In my first interview with Henry Rayhons, the big, burly farmer broke down in sobs at least ten times. He was later acquitted.
Twilight of the Pizza Barons
This was one of the top five most-read stories on longreads.com for 2014. It was a gift to be able to write about two guys I thought I knew from my Detroit youth—Mike Ilitch and Tom Monaghan–who essentially made pizza a staple in the United States.
Starbucks Goes to Costa Rica
Went to gorgeous Costa Rica in the middle of January Chicago. The coffee farms were interesting, too.
The Bone Factory
For this story on the meatpacking giant JBS, I traveled to Brazil and Colorado and spent a few fascinating ours in a slaughterhouse. Had a steak that night.
The Turkish King of Greek Yogurt
Chobani went from zero to $1 billion in five years, thanks largely to their founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya. The guy was a hoot.