New Orleans


Inside the Funeral Homes Posing the Dead Like They're Still Alive

We talked to the head of one of New Orleans's oldest funeral homes about why some families are drawn to "extreme embalmings".
Drew Schwartz
The Dystopia and Utopia Issue

The Trauma of Everyday Gun Violence in New Orleans

There's a vast, undiagnosed epidemic of PTSD in communities of color plagued by violence, and many young men are struggling to cope on their own.
Jimmie Briggs
Life Inside

I Sent an Innocent Man to Prison

It was my first time on a jury. I was 31, balancing two jobs while going to graduate school. It was a very short trial.
D’Shean Kennedy as told to Maurice Chammah

Rowdy Photos of the Surreal Party in New Orleans During Mardi Gras

I wandered the streets of the Big Easy with naked locals and costumed tourists during Carnival, taking photos of the intoxicating, non-stop party in the 12 days before Mardi Gras.
Avery L. White

Fear, Flooding, Harvey and Me

How I learned to be afraid of the rain.
Michael Patrick Welch

Mums Explain What They’ve Discovered About Their Kids from Social Media

"I don't condone drug use, but I guess I'm glad you did it in the house."
VICE Staff
true crime

I Was Shot Nine Times and Can Barely Make Ends Meet

I'm only 28 years old, but with all this pain, I feel like I'm 50.
Derrick Strong as told to Elizabeth Van Brocklin

A Plastic Baby Jesus from New Orleans

While on location, some people we spoke to gave us multicolored cakes. Inside each king cake, as they're called, was a miniature figurine, apparently meant to bring good luck to whoever finds it.
Roberto Ferdman

The Chaos and Beauty of Carnival in New Orleans

I wandered the streets of the Big Easy for 12 days, taking photos of the manic energy of the city in the run-up to Mardi Gras.
Avery White

How the 'Axeman of New Orleans' Terrorised a City and Escaped the Law

Legend has it that residents tried using jazz to appease the serial killer, but not before he claimed the lives of local Italian grocers.
Seth Ferranti
Standing Rock

My Week Among the Freezing, Confused, Hopeful Veterans at Standing Rock

When US veterans traveled to Standing Rock to join the pipeline protests, they were hoping to protect Native activists fighting for their land and water. But many were also hoping to find a new purpose.
Cheree Franco

'He Smells Like a Men's Gym': Kids Write Raps About Donald Trump

Hip-hop was made for times like these. So I asked my students to write some bars and express the way they feel about our new president. It was not pretty.
Michael Patrick Welch