Did Covid Change How We Dream?

“After 9/11, Barrett believed that she’d never encounter another event that would have such a profound and widespread influence on dreams. Now, as the new virus spread and the world began to shut down, she realized she had been wrong. Like her dream-self in the library, she was living through a storm — what she would later call ‘the biggest crisis to be reflected in our dreams in my lifetime’ and also ‘an extraordinary time in the history of dreaming.’ Even as she, too, was now locked down at home, she felt she couldn’t miss the chance to try to study what it all meant.”

Published: Nov 3, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,499 words)

What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?

“What exactly was happening inside patients to make their sense of smell disappear in such an unusual way? Could Covid-related smell loss teach us anything new about how the virus worked? Or about how we did?”

Published: Jan 28, 2021
Length: 33 minutes (8,476 words)

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)