The Quest for a Floating Utopia

“Can casting away from established society to inhabit sea-based colonies save us from the problems of modern life—or are we bound to repeat our mistakes?”

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Apr 6, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,200 words)

The Crimson Klan

Exploring the history of the Ku Klux Klan’s presence at Harvard University.

Published: Mar 25, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,616 words)

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

“The internet is clever, but it’s not always smart. It’s personalized, but not personal. It lures you in with a timeline, then fucks with your concept of time. It doesn’t know or care whether you actually had a miscarriage, got married, moved out, or bought the sneakers. It takes those sneakers and runs with whatever signals you’ve given it, and good luck catching up.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 6, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,033 words)

Poisoned

“Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. The consequences have been profound.”

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Mar 24, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,560 words)

The Voice in Your Head

The Hearing Voices Movement is reshaping our understanding of hallucination — and what it means to be “mad.”

Source: New Statesman
Published: Mar 24, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,588 words)

How Do We Exit the Post-Truth Era?

“Why fact-checking alone won’t save us from fake news.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Apr 7, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,397 words)

Chinese Cooking Helps Me Connect With My Mother—And Helps Me Prepare to Lose Her

“Michelle Zauner’s memoir Crying in H Mart showed me how bonding over food could let me cope with anticipatory grief.”

Author: Nicole Zhu
Published: Apr 8, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,902 words)

Homeless in the Shadow of Apple’s $5 Billion Campus

“A group of ex-tech workers, gig employees, and locals priced out of the housing market are fighting for affordable housing in Silicon Valley.”

Source: OneZero
Published: Apr 8, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,591 words)

Feel Right at Home

“Now I live near Brushy Creek instead of the Seine or the Pacific, and I’m not the first to make that sharp midlife turn from the city to the suburbs. “

Source: Texas Highways
Published: Apr 7, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,029 words)

My Trans Mother, Myself

“Trans women imparting knowledge to each other is really, really crucial to survival, but it’s also incredibly fraught.”

Source: W
Published: Apr 6, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,376 words)