Chinese Dreams on Native American Land: A Tale of Cannabis Boom and Bust

“The farms now lie empty. Inside abandoned mobile homes and barely insulated plywood shacks, the contents of every cupboard, drawer and closet are strewn across the floors, likely the work of law enforcement searching for evidence. The air smells of sewage and rotting food. Clothes still hang in the closets. Toothbrushes sit beside sinks. Outside, empty bottles and Chinese cigarette packets tumble across the fallow fields.”

Source: BBC
Published: May 8, 2021
Length: 25 minutes (6,345 words)

Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra: The Toughest, Weirdest Race You’ve Never Heard of

But how do runners actually get their head around not knowing whether a race will end in six hours or 60 hours? The verdict from the most successful competitors is simple: don’t even attempt to.

Source: BBC
Published: Apr 21, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)

Nil-by-Mouth Foodie: The Chef Who Will Never Eat Again

Lying in the intestinal failure unit she dreams up the recipes she will make when she has recovered and returned to her flat in Bournemouth.

Source: BBC
Published: Apr 18, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,709 words)

Netflix and Anna Delvey: The Race to Secure the Story of New York’s ‘Fake Heiress’

“Over time, payments from Netflix to Sorokin would rise to $320,000. And for the first time in almost 20 years, they triggered a controversial New York law, designed to stop convicted criminals from profiting from their crime.”

Source: BBC
Published: Feb 20, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,937 words)

The Snowy Countries Losing Their Identity

“Hartig’s research has linked unusually cool summer temperatures in Sweden to increased antidepressant use – an observation he says he would expect to apply to warmer winter temperatures too, which he suggests may exacerbate the already high incidence of depression during the winter. “We are really losing the qualities of the seasons that we value most,” Hartig says.”

Source: BBC
Published: Feb 15, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,600 words)

The Catch

“The men call up to Sofiane, telling him that he and his brother have to jump. Guelord shouts that the younger boy needs to go first. Sofiane should throw him down.”

Source: BBC
Published: Jan 7, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,427 words)

Was I Wrong to Fall For a Cheating Cat?

“Every time another new post would go up, a friend would regularly call me out in my comments: “IT’S NOT YOUR CAT.””

Source: BBC
Published: Dec 31, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,100 words)

Has Thomas Becket’s Treasured ‘Little Book’ Been Found?

“There was no jewelled Anglo Saxon silver-gilt binding – this would have been torn off and melted down during the Reformation, but here was a book, de Hamel now felt, that was surely a lost holy relic of the Middle Ages.”

Source: BBC
Published: Dec 27, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,540 words)

Buying a Baby on Nairobi’s Black Market

“In reality, once Anita has sold a child on, she knows little about their fate. She sells them to the businesswoman for 50,000 shillings for a girl or 80,000 shillings for a boy, she said — £350 or £550. That is roughly the going rate in Nairobi to steal a child from a woman on the street.”

Source: BBC
Published: Nov 16, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,203 words)

Have Rogue Orcas Really Been Attacking Boats in the Atlantic?

In the past six months, there have been at least 40 reported incidents involving orcas off the coasts of Spain and Portugal.

Source: BBC
Published: Nov 12, 2020