The top two lead significantly, with staying power for several years. "Remembering MLK" is an unusual take on the Civil Rights leader's death and a woman from his "secret" life, while "Do Psychopaths..." is a wide-ranging "rant" originally developed for radio.
Several posts on this site have focused on the relationship between Lockheed Martin, Vermont and its Progressive Senator Bernie Sanders, but one went viral last year. Also in the top five is "Fear Factors," a chapter from a series on counter-terrorism and disinformation in the late 1970s, and "The Oil Spill," which speculates about the 2010 Gulf disaster.
"Truth Decay" is another radio rant that was re-written and sparked debate on various websites. It's especially satisfying to see the next three on the list, all from "Prisoners of the Real." The final spot goes to an article on Africa originally written for Toward Freedom in 1987, my first cover story for that publication.
Deconstructing Archetypes (from Prisoners of the Real)
Prisoners of the Real (Cover/Content Page)
Burlington Mayor James Burke’s allies considered him honest and fearless, driven by civic pride and a sense of duty. His political enemies questioned his motives and called him a demagogue. He sometimes called them “corporate interests” or “foreign capitalists.” This series of essays about the Queen City's early progressive era is excerpted from The Vermont Way, a multi-platform history of Vermont.