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Brendan Spiegel (Editor)

Brendan Spiegel is the Editorial Director and co-founder of Narratively. He is proud to have worked closely with the authors of the following stories (among many others!)

Stories By Brendan Spiegel (Editor)

A photo of a young girl with brown hair whose face has been disfigured in a chemical attack sits on a bed and looks at the photographer. She wears a blue knit jacket, blue knit skirt, and a white dress shirt. The walls in the room are white, the blankets and sheets on the bed are white, and there is a red Teddy bear on the bed.

American Doctors Are Reconstructing the Youngest Faces of a Brutal War

These Syrian children survived attacks that left them burned beyond belief. One program thousands of miles from home is offering them life-changing treatment.

The Plot Against the Principality of Sealand

How the world’s quirkiest micro-nation got pulled into one of history’s most epic intercontinental frauds.

This 12-Step Group Meets in the Basement of a Fetish Shop

There are some things you just can't talk about at church-based recovery meetings. So these kinksters created a community all their own.

How Years of Ruthless Nuclear Testing in the South Pacific Forged America’s Most Impoverished Ethnic Group

After military experiments devastated their homeland, Marshall Islands residents were permitted to immigrate to the U.S. They...

His Biggest Hit Sold More Copies Than Any of the Beatles’. So Why Haven’t You Heard of Him?

In a life bookended by tragedy, Prince Nico Mbarga poured joy into music, including the most popular song in African history. But his own story has never been told — until now.

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

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.

This One-Eyed, Insult-Spewing Senator Was the Donald Trump of the 1890s

How a fiery farmer known as “Pitchfork Ben” ravaged his own party, galvanizing angry voters with racist rhetoric — before it all came crashing down.

Pauline Hanson is the Donald Trump of Australia

How an anti-immigrant outsider with a flair for the dramatic became the yuge-est thing Down Under.

Healing Hasidic Masturbators and Adulterers — With Psychiatric Drugs

They admitted to religious taboos ranging from same-sex attraction to extramarital affairs. The treatment they received was alarmingly severe.