The First Shot

“Inside the Covid vaccine fast track.”

Source: Wired
Published: May 13, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,159 words)

Why Old-Growth Trees Are Crucial to Fighting Climate Change

Science has a lot to earn about the way ecosystems hold and process the Earth’s carbon, and how efforts like reforestation can help improve those systems’ effect on climate change. Two things are clear: Virgin forests sequester a lot of carbon, and humanity can’t keep clear-cutting forests and burning fossil fuels the way we have been.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,253 words)

Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?

So much of the American story—as it actually happened, but also as it is told, and altered, and forgotten, and, eventually, repeated—feels squeezed into the vast contradiction that is the modern Black Hills. Here, sites of theft and genocide have become monuments to patriotism, a symbol of resistance has become a source of revenue, and old stories of broken promises and appropriation recur. A complicated history becomes a cheery tourist attraction. The face of the past comes to look like the faces of those who memorialize it.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 16, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,700 words)

The Launch

After two decades of research and development, WA 38 lands this fall. It could disrupt an entire industry. It’s an apple.

Published: Jul 18, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,200 words)

Who Is John Frum?

In the 20th century, anthropologists fell over themselves to study the “cargo cult” phenomenon in the South Pacific. But was it really a new religion—or just a Western fantasy?

Source: Topic
Published: Apr 18, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,200 words)

The Deported Americans

This is how the children of undocumented immigrants live in a purgatory between two cultures when they get sent “back” to a country where they didn’t grow up.

Published: Jan 31, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,863 words)

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

Science is still trying to understand the sheer mass and variety of insects on earth. What’s clear is that both are declining at an alarming rate, and for that, the whole planet will suffer.

Published: Nov 27, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,431 words)

The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger

The fox-like marsupial carnivore known as the Tasmanian Tiger was declared extinct in 1936, but some Australians have dedicated their lives to proving it still lurks in the Tasmanian bush. Don’t compare it to bigfoot. Unlike bigfoot, the tiger was real.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,626 words)

Who Decides Who Counts as Native American?

Brooke Jarvis chronicles the legal battle over the “Nooksack 306,” members of the tribe who were disenrolled over questions about their identity.

Published: Jan 18, 2017
Length: 29 minutes (7,340 words)

Unclaimed

When one young unidentified Mexican national ends up comatose in the hospital after a car crash in the California desert, he comes to represent the struggle thousands of families endure when their friends or family disappear crossing the US-Mexico border.

Published: Dec 5, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,299 words)