Can a California Town Move Back From the Sea?

By 2050, the ocean is expected to consistently flood Imperial Beach, California, but in recent years, high tides have already flooded many streets. The town is now discussing how to confront rising sea levels. One tactic is called a managed retreat, and the discussion alone has many property owners trying to sell.

Published: Oct 15, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,145 words)

The Pioneer of Ruin

Cisco, Utah isn’t a ghost town. Thirty-four year old Eileen Muza lives there, for now.

Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,959 words)

Your Stoke Won’t Save Us

Outdoorsy types may love recreating in nature, but that doesn’t make them conservationists.

Published: May 14, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,944 words)

Cashing in on Standing Rock

Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, a self-described “peaceful, unarmed militia,” was established in 2016 to help protect Indigenous opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. High Country News finds that the $1.4 million they raised on GoFundMe during the confrontation was “at best, squandered and at worst, egregiously misspent.”

Published: Apr 13, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,840 words)

What Does a Gentrifying City Look Like? Talk To the Man Who Delivers the Mail

Downtown Tucson’s redevelopment efforts are pitting property owners against each other and driving out renters. It has hit long-time Latino renters especially hard. Redevelopment will also mean more residents but not more postal carriers. Here’s how gentrification looks along one long-time carrier’s route, and what continuity means in a community.

Published: Jan 1, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,088 words)

The Teenage Whaler’s Tale

For a teenager in the Siberian Yupik village of Gambell, killing a whale would be a rite of passage, and entry into manhood. But then, Chris Apassingok, age 16, was targeted with online harassment for his kill, and the town of 700 felt the weight of an internet-pile on tear through the community.

Published: Jul 17, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,986 words)

Meet Nevada’s Cow Cops

They don’t have their own Law & Order spin off yet, but they should. These are the men and women of law enforcement who investigate certain strains of agricultural crime. These are their stories.

Author: Tay Wiles
Published: May 29, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,104 words)

Public Banking Goes to Pot

Traditional banks won’t deal with money from California’s $7 billion legal weed industry, so some people in Oakland are rallying to create the first new public bank in a century. So what’s a public bank exactly?

Published: Apr 19, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,518 words)

How to Love a Weird and Perfect Wilderness

Southwestern Oregon’s Kalmiopsis Wilderness is rugged, burned and way out of your way, and its inexplicable magnetism, self-governance and biodiversity embody the very reasons modern Americans need wilderness at all.

Published: Nov 28, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,931 words)

What Happens After Standing Rock?

Tay Wiles reports on how the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have spread greater understanding of environmental issues among Natives and non-Natives alike, and how they’ve inspired a new generation of protesters who are collaborating to raise awareness of and oppose other projects that impact Indigenous people, their rights, and their land.

Author: Tay Wiles
Published: Jan 23, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,248 words)