Dreams of Stone

Searching for paradise in Ethiopia’s rock churches

Published: Mar 23, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,933 words)

Waiting for the End of the World

Agnostic feminist liberal Lauren Groff attends Prepper Camp in Asheville, NC, and discovers that she’s not so different from her prepper brethren.

Published: Feb 26, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,063 words)

Election Bias

The new playbook for voter suppression.

Published: Dec 12, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,562 words)

Click Here to Kill

Unsurprisingly, you can order a hit on someone using forums on the dark web geared to undertaking any heinous task for money. Some of these sites are known scams, designed to fleece the hit orderer for whatever amount they’re willing to pay. Others are sadly, for real.

Published: Dec 17, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,522 words)

Gimme Shelter

Wes Enzinna writes about living in a 32-square-foot shack behind a friend’s ex-boyfriend’s house in Oakland in 2016, the year of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire. Struggling to find personal solutions they can afford amidst the country’s worst housing crisis, Enzinna and his friends try to live within their means by downsizing what they need to live, dwelling in dangerous makeshift spaces that threaten their health, well-being, and, when disaster strikes, their lives.

Published: Dec 1, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,100 words)

Lost at Sea

“A few miles north of San Francisco, off the coast of Sausalito, is Richardson Bay, a saltwater estuary where roughly one hundred people live out of sight from the world. Known as anchor-outs, they make their homes a quarter mile from the shore, on abandoned and unseaworthy vessels, doing their best, with little or no money, to survive.”

Author: Joe Kloc
Published: Apr 11, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,326 words)

The Story of Storytelling

When narratives are examined through an evolutionary lens, they reveal shared cultural origins and the durability of storytelling itself, which has evolved as a kind of organism along with homo sapiens. “If any organism can achieve true immortality,” Ferris Jabr writes, “it is surely the story.”

Published: Mar 1, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,213 words)

Orphan Bachelors

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 declared the Chinese ineligible for citizenship, this after Americans had been exploiting their labor for over forty years. Some Chinese nationals bypassed the Act with false paperwork, and decades later, the government pressured many “paper citizens” into confessing, leaving a lasting mark on many families, including the author’s.

Published: Feb 1, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,870 words)

Without a Trace: Missing, In an Age of Mass Displacement

Masood Hotak left Afghanistan in December 2015, hoping to make it to Europe. On January 3, 2016, he posted on Facebook that he’d reached the Greek island of Samos. And then… nothing. His big brother Javed has traveled thousands of miles trying to find him.

Published: Jan 14, 2019
Length: 35 minutes (8,959 words)

Going To Extremes

After a bout with cancer and several strokes that eliminated her quality of life, Becky Benight had had enough. She wanted to die on her own terms. Confessing her wishes to her husband Philip, he sprung her from nursing home hell in a bid for freedom; they made a pact to end their own lives to stop their chronic suffering. Everything went along according to plan until Philip woke up from his coma to discover that not only had Becky died, he’d been charged with her murder.

Published: Jan 14, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,341 words)