The Lovable, Loudmouth King of NYC Basketball

By Kajsa Lundman & Chris Cirillo | November 29, 2016

The Cardozo High School boys basketball team has the winningest coach in NYC public school history, and a roster of top college prospects. Yet, in each of the last four years they’ve fallen just short in the Queens championship final. After a season packed with hefty highs and alarming lows, the Cardozo kids found themselves once again on the verge of being Queens champs – or Queens chumps.

Penny’s Ex-Husband Realized She’s a Woman. But They’re Still Best Friends.

When Dee came out as a transgender, it meant the end of her marriage to Penny. And that’s when the empowering journey for both women truly began.

The Nomadic People Caught in the Crosshairs of China’s Economic Boom

For thousands of years, herders have grazed their livestock on the vast Southern Mongolia grasslands. As Chinese investment turns this mineral-rich region into a cash cow, does the ancient culture have any hope of survival? A few families are willing to fight for it.

Meet The Banksy of Cardboard Curiosities

This LA artist is creating ephemeral works designed to dazzle – then disintegrate.

Activists Took Over This Abandoned Athens Hotel…and Gave it to Refugees

After months of subsisting in overcrowded camps, migrants turned an empty building in the Greek capital into a remarkable experiment in self-managed living.

What Do You Give a Country for Its 100th Birthday? How About an Entire Mountain?

Neighborly Norwegians hatched a plan for Finland’s 2017 centennial: gift them their country’s new highest peak. But is their quirky plan an insurmountable climb?

The Flexible, Magical Lighting Strip That Solves All Your Problems

The folks at Power Practical grew tired of MacGuyvering their way to ample illumination. So they built the Luminoodle.

This Tiny Box Can Keep 1 in 4 American Adults Out of Work

After their release from prison, these men and women were eager to find employment and get their lives back on track. But on job application after job application, one simple yet sweeping question stood in their way.

This Obsessive Utah Artist Spent a Half-Century Building a Personal Shrine

Ralphael Plescia turned an unused building into a quirky, cultural goldmine. But what will become of it all when he’s gone?