The Depths She’ll Reach

“Sunken by grief, Alenka Artnik found herself alone on a bridge, contemplating suicide. Ten years later, she is the world’s greatest female freediver and getting stronger with each record-breaking plunge. How one woman emerged from mental health struggles to push the limits of the human body.”

Author: Xan Rice
Source: Long Lead
Published: Nov 18, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

The girl in a box: the mysterious crime that shocked Germany

In 1981, after being missing for 19 days, 10-year-old Ursula Herrmann was found buried in a box measuring 72cm by 60cm – the size of a small coffee table.  So, how did a member of the prosecution team, the victim’s brother, no less, end up acting in favor of the defense?

Author: Xan Rice
Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 24, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,135 words)

Ralph Steadman: The Gonzo Marksman

“It can be hard to fill the hours, so I try to make a mark every day.” Ralph Steadman, the Welsh artist best known for his political cartoons and collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson, continues to make art that makes a statement.

Author: Xan Rice
Source: New Statesman
Published: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,493 words)