Editors’ Picks: Narratively’s All-Time Best Deep Dives

As we celebrate our five-year anniversary, enjoy our team's favorite longform stories—those compelling, heavily researched monoliths we've become known for.

This month Narratively marks our five-year anniversary, and we thank you so much for your continued readership and support! We recently brought you our editors’ picks of the single best stories from each of our first five years, as well as some story selections that you may have missed. This week our editors revisited some of our biggest, most powerful longform journalism efforts that we’re as proud of today as we were when they went live. Enjoy!

1. The Truth About New York’s Legendary ‘Mole People’

By Anthony Taille

Illustration by Anthony Taille

Two decades after NYC sought to relocate its infamous tunnel-dwelling denizens, a years-long investigation reveals a few hardy souls still toiling and thriving beneath the city streets. They insist they wouldn’t live anywhere else.

2. Reinventing the Oldest Profession

By Noah Rosenberg

Photo by Tara Israel

Through business consultancies, political rallies and poetry readings, sex workers of all stripes have stepped out of the shadows.

3. Mr. Ince and the Hope of Being Needed

By Mario Kaiser

Photo by Maurice Weiss

A year and a half with a tireless Turkish day laborer in Berlin shatters the stereotype of the freeloader in Europe’s pivotal immigration debate.

4. How Trump Seduced the White Working Class By Preying on Their Physical Pain

By Vinnie Rotondaro 

Photo by Joel Anderson

Can an actual ache in their bones explain why so many Rust Belt voters flocked to the New York billionaire? A coalminer’s grandson digs deep to find out.

5. The U.S. Tested 67 Nuclear Bombs in Their Country. Now They’re Dying in Oklahoma.

By Zoë Carpenter

Photo by Sarah Craig

After a series of military experiments devastated their homeland, Marshall Islands residents were permitted to immigrate to the U.S. But they didn’t know their American dream came with a catch.

6. Heretic Hasidism

By Pearl Gabel

Photo by Pearl Gabel

Torn between devotion to their faith and families and a desire to explore the outside world, rebellious young ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are resigned to live secret double lives.

7. A Deep South Cold Case Goes Frigid

By Ben Greenberg

A groundbreaking new law instructed the FBI to investigate more than 100 unsolved murders from the civil rights era. But one reporter’s story, seven years in the making, reveals the government has done shockingly little in the search for justice.

8. The Last Time New York Was Hardcore

By Michael Stahl

Photo by Keith Wick

Throughout the ’90s, one high-octane underground music scene desperately held on to its rebellious roots of power chords, slam dancing and stage diving. Whatever happened to hardcore?

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