‘Our Foster Child Asked Us to Adopt Him – By Drawing Himself on to a Family Photo’

The story of how, after years of difficulty, George finally found his family.

Source: BBC
Published: Sep 20, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,773 words)

The Weird Space That Lies Outside Our Solar System

Launched in the 1970s, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 — the first two spacecraft and human-made objects to leave our solar system — have reached interstellar space and now beam back images from this mysterious region.

Source: BBC
Published: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,234 words)

The Daring Nun Who Hid and Saved 83 Jewish Children

“Her own bishop supported Pétain so she wrote to Archbishop Saliège for advice. She records his response in her journal: “Let’s lie, let’s lie, my daughter, as long as we are saving human lives.””

Source: BBC
Published: Sep 6, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,448 words)

What The Mysterious Boredom Divide Teaches Us

Source: BBC
Published: Jul 20, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,087 words)

Letters of Love: ‘Our Father Wrote Every Day As He Waited To Be Sent To Auschwitz’

“His love for his sons leaps out from all his letters, but in one of the last he had a surprise for them.”

Source: BBC
Published: Jul 12, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,676 words)

Baiae: A Roman Settlement at The Bottom of The Sea

“If Campi Flegrei were to blow at maximum capacity today, it would make the 79AD eruption of Mt Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii look like a puppy’s sneeze.”

Source: BBC
Published: Jul 13, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,068 words)

The FBI Said I Was My Parents’ Stolen Baby

“One headline read: “200 search for stolen baby.” Another: “Mother asks kidnapper to return baby.” He recognised his parents in the pictures, looking distraught and much younger. Then he read that their baby son, Paul Joseph, had been kidnapped.”

Source: BBC
Published: Jun 20, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,212 words)

My Disabled Son’s Amazing Gaming Life in the World of Warcraft

Every year since Mats’ death in 2014, the World of Warcraft guild Starlight has held a memorial to share memories of their comrade, someone they never met in real life.

Source: BBC
Published: Feb 7, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,567 words)

The man who refused to freeze to death

The story of Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, an Icelandic fisherman who survived a six-hour swim in 5-degree water.

Source: BBC
Published: Feb 27, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,005 words)

Night Rider: 21 years sleeping on a London bus

For more than two decades after his asylum application was rejected, Sunny found refuge by spending his nights riding London buses.

Source: BBC
Published: Jan 12, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,797 words)