Just when we think we might’ve heard every story, it’s thanks to you — our contributors, our writers, our readers — who show us just how much there is to know about what we don’t know. In 2022, our stories were all over the map, sometimes literally — from Argentina to Alabama — and sometimes figuratively — from punk rock freaks to a Gilded Age murder mystery. Read on to see which stories were our readers’ favorites from this past year.
Story by Kay Adams and Nancy Markey
In opulent seaside Newport, a wealthy and beloved Black businessman turns up dead. The prime suspect is his son-in-law, a dashing medical student set to become one of the country’s first Black surgeons. The resulting trial will tear the town in two.
Story by Hallie Lieberman
In a Bible-belt state where sex toys stores are illegal, a church-going grandma, enterprising mom and sassy granddaughter build a booming business hawking penis pumps and butt plugs—and helping every person find their path to pleasure.
Story by Dylan Taylor-Lehman
Is Steve Pankey a cold-blooded killer who got away with murder for decades, or just a true-crime obsessive craving attention?
Story by Sofia Kuan and Facundo Iglesia
The new owner of Argentina’s de facto national treat stopped paying his majority-female workforce — so they seized control of the entire operation.
Story by Lena Crown
Our wealthy California school had a hookup game where boys “drafted” girls, then tracked their sex acts. A decade later, my classmates still debate whether “FSL” was harmless teenage hijinks or a symptom of toxic rot in our elite enclave.