Extreme Heat Is Here, and It’s Deadly

“For many, the present is already feeling pretty dystopian.” Arizona and regions across the U.S. are seeing record-high temperatures — and the heat will only intensify. At High Country News, Jessica Kutz reports that climate fiction, Indigenous architecture, and a robot named MaRTy are a few key things that can prepare us for a hotter future.

Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,440 words)

Safe at Home in Los Angeles

An LA native reflects on the city’s elusive nature, its dazzling complexity, and the effect the city has had on her life as a writer. No matter how LA changes, it never dulls.

Published: Mar 27, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,006 words)

Land-Grab Universities

Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.

Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,043 words)

The Mystery of Mountain Lions

Despite decades of research, myth and fear still surround the animals.

Published: Mar 1, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,924 words)

‘None of This Happened the Way You Think It Did”

“But losing her friend twice, first to cancer and then to the underworld of the cadaver market, reminded her that, no matter how much she attempted to confront death, there were many unimagined trap doors.”

Published: Jun 10, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,549 words)

Indigenous Educators Fight for an Accurate History of California

For too long, California’s public school history curriculum has reduced Indigenous people to peaceful workers at the Spanish missions, and omitted their enslavement and suffering. Can California Assembly Bill 738 correct that?

Published: Apr 29, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,706 words)

How a Tiny Endangered Species Put a Man In Prison

In Death Valley National Park lies Devils Hole: an aquifer-fed pool home to one of the rarest fish species in the world — the Devils Hole pupfish. The pupfish has been the center of controversy between conservationists dedicated to protecting the inch-long fish species and Nevadans who believe the fish isn’t worth sacrificing their right to pump water on their land. Trent Sargent learned about how well the pupfish is protected the hard way.

Published: Apr 15, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,199 words)

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)