A fatal overdose, a stunning coincidence, and a mother’s long quest to heal.

Author: Max Blau
Source: The Atavist
Published: Mar 31, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,000 words)

My Father, Bàba, in Proverbs

“Because I am fearful of messing up our relationship, I have placed our memories in a time capsule, trapped in limbo between past and present. How do I bridge the distance between us and say goodbye to my father while he’s still here?”

Author: Jen Soong
Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,621 words)

The My Generation: An Oral History Of Myspace Music

When Myspace debuted in 2003, the site became a vibrant hub for musical listeners, the launching pad for many successful bands, and a model for the social media era. Then it died multiple times.

Source: Stereogum
Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 56 minutes (14,235 words)

Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Personal volatility and musical unpredictability merged in the hip-hop artist known as ODB, and with time and help capturing the lightning in the bottle, he focused his singular style into a hip-hop masterpiece.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Mar 29, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,558 words)

Canada mourns Takaya – the lone sea wolf whose spirit captured the world

The life and death of a legendary wolf.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 27, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,830 words)

The Frontier Couple Who Chose Death Over Life Apart

“Artist Eric Bealer was living the remote, rugged good life in coastal Alaska with his wife, Pam, an MS sufferer, when they made a dramatic decision: to exit this world together, leaving behind precise instructions for whoever entered their cabin first. Eva Holland investigates the mysteries and meaning of an adventurous couple who charted their own way out.”

Source: Outside
Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,945 words)

Coming from Nowhere

“The first time someone called me a spic was during recess or after school in the playground or in the park across the street from my house.”

Published: Mar 27, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,657 words)

Face Mask Scarcity Leaves California Farmworkers Unprotected

The demand for face masks could have profound effects on California agriculture, including the application of different fungicides and an increase in Valley Fever. Many farm workers can’t afford to let risks effect their livelihood, but fear of exposure is reducing the number of workers in certain sectors. Without laborers, $4 billion dollars worth of crops are at risk in Monterey County alone.

Source: CalMatters
Published: Mar 26, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,953 words)

W. H. Auden Was a Messy Roommate

An organized life is not always a productive life.

Published: Mar 25, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,598 words)

“Anything Good I Could Say About This Would Be a Lie”

“She’s dead, and I’m quarantined. That’s how the story ends. I keep going back over it in loops, trying to find a way to sweeten it, but nothing changes the facts. I wasn’t there with her at the end. I didn’t get to say goodbye. I don’t even know where her body is right now, or if the only thing that’s left is her ashes.”

Author: Eli Saslow
Published: Mar 28, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,005 words)