To Be a Field of Poppies

“The elegant science of turning cadavers into compost.”

Author: Lisa Wells
Published: Sep 20, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,064 words)

Eating the Whale

“A personal history of meat.”

Published: Aug 18, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,739 words)

The Anxiety of Influencers

Educating the TikTok generation.

Published: Jun 9, 2021
Length: 33 minutes (8,366 words)

Lost in Thought

“The psychological risks of meditation.”

Published: Mar 15, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,098 words)

The Business of Scenery

“In Zion National Park, crowding is such that one of the most popular trails had to be temporarily closed in 2017 to airlift eight tons of human excrement from public outhouses that a journalist described as an “open sewer.””


Published: Mar 30, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,271 words)

The Crow Whisperer

“What happens when we talk to animals?”

Published: Mar 15, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,800 words)

Il Maestro

Martin Scorsese on “content,” the films of Federico Fellini, and the art of cinema.

Published: Feb 16, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,876 words)

These Precious Days

“Tell me how the story ends.”

Published: Dec 21, 2020
Length: 84 minutes (21,054 words)

The Sanctuary

In Minneapolis, a radical experiment in life without the police.

Published: Sep 15, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,362 words)

A Litany for Survival

“I prepared for a fight. I knew that my medical chart, which lists my bipolar diagnosis, was readily available to every nurse and doctor who interacted with me. So, in addition to the routine threat of being labeled a stereotypical angry black woman, I worried that I would be dismissed as a “crazy” person. But I told myself I would rather be seen as belligerent than be dead.”

Published: Aug 18, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,219 words)