The Day the Great Plains Burned

Ian Frazier, author of the classic book The Great Plains, takes a close look at the catastrophic fires that devastated huge swathes of Kansas and Oklahoma due, in part, to climate change.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 5, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,922 words)

The Antidote

The heroin epidemic raging across the country has hit the middle-class neighborhoods of Staten Island particularly hard. A drug called naloxone has the power to revive overdose victims, but is it enough to combat the community’s opioid crisis?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 8, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7,743 words)

The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

The life and death of a fly-fishing guide. Ian Frazier went fishing with Joseph Adam Randolph, aka “Stealhead Joe,” two months before he took his own life:

“Alex Gonsiewski, a highly regarded young guide on the river, who works for John Hazel, said that Joe taught him most of what he knows. When Gonsiewski took his first try at running rapids that have drowned people, Joe was in the bow of the driftboat helping him through. ‘It’s tough to be the kind of person who lives for extreme things, like Joe was,’ Gonsiewski said. ‘His eyes always looked sad. He loved this river more than anywhere. And better than anybody, he could dial you in on how to fish it. He showed me the river, and now every place on the river makes me think of him. He was an ordinary, everyday guy who was also amazing. I miss him every day.'”

Source: Outside
Published: Aug 21, 2013
Length: 29 minutes (7,483 words)