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)

The story of Tunnel 29

In 1961, Joachim Rudolph escaped from one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships. A few months later, he began tunneling his way back in. Why?

Source: BBC
Published: Oct 21, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,524 words)

The Teenager Married Who’s Been Married Too Many Times to Count

“Despite being illegal in Iraq, the BBC found that mutaa marriages were widely available in Kadhimiya. Out of 10 clerics approached by a BBC undercover reporter, eight said they performed them. Of those eight, we had further conversations with two who agreed to approve them for girls as young as nine.”

Source: BBC
Published: Oct 4, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,554 words)

Why humans have evolved to drink milk

Humans didn’t start out being able to digest animal milk – but now many populations do. Why has evolution favored tolerating dairy?

Source: BBC
Published: Feb 20, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,259 words)