Everybody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

Amanda Petrusich on blueswoman Bessie Smith: “She got what she wanted by working hard at it, finding new ways to profit from a cultivated skill. Some of the notes she hits are so robust, so fixed and powerful, listening to them feels like walking directly into a sliding glass door. You are stunned and embarrassed, looking around to see who else saw. Her forcefulness just sneaks up like that.”

Source: Oxford American
Published: Nov 10, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,914 words)

Paisley Park, Prince’s Lonely Palace

For the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich tours Paisley Park, the home and recording studio of the late Prince.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,469 words)

In the Land of Vendettas That Go On Forever

For some northern Albanians, justice comes from vengeance. Sometimes vengeance keeps killing for generations.

Source: VQR
Published: Nov 8, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,871 words)

Sweet Bitter Blues

When an American writer visits Tokyo to see a Mississippi Blues musician perform, she tries to figure out why Japan has a particular fondness for American Blues, the ways cultures metabolize each other, the place of Black America in Japan, and the complex forces that draw foreign people, and their music, together.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Jan 6, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,217 words)

Night Moves

On the efforts to preserve darkness, a fast-disappearing element in America’s heavily light-polluted skies.

Source: VQR
Published: Jul 5, 2016
Length: 28 minutes (7,010 words)