An American Surfer Goes Rogue To Claim The Baltic Sea’s “Last Wave”

What a story: A Californian living in Germany discovers a ferry wake you can surf on the Baltic Sea. He was even making a movie about it. The German surfers who’d already surfed that and other Baltic waves were offended by the American’s repackaging of German history. Maybe they were talking about two different kinds of truth.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Dec 5, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,608 words)

Bolivia’s Quest to Spread the Gospel of Coca

Long before cocaine became nose candy for white executives and Brazilian party boys, it was a sacred leaf. Andean people chew it. They drink it as tea. Now Bolivia is trying to market this indigenous stimulant in everything from cosmetics to sodas, and their president wants the world to know that coca leaf is not the same as cocaine. Will the world listen?

Published: Apr 16, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,165 words)

The Unlikely History of the Origins of Modern Maps

GIS technology has opened up new channels of understanding how the world works. But where did it begin?

Canada may be a large country, but the flight from Ottawa to Toronto is short – a mere hour. Still, in that time, Pratt and Tomlinson struck up a conversation and began chatting about their work. As Tomlinson listened to Pratt describe his plan to collect and synthesize thousands of maps to document the wealth of the vast Canadian landscape, he felt a rush of serendipity. After all, he’d been thinking about the challenge of representing multitudinous data in a map for most of his short career and was on the cusp of programming a computer system for geographic information.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Jun 2, 2014
Length: 7 minutes (1,880 words)