Conjuring Love: A Conversation with Kiese Laymon

“The same ingredients are a part of all of us. They’re just shaped and distributed differently.”

Published: Jul 13, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,485 words)

Disney’s Disembodied Black Characters

“Green, blue — Disney has no problem with characters that are different colors, it seems, as long as that color is not brown. What does it say to Black kids watching when the world’s biggest children’s entertainment company cannot give them even one animated film that features a Black person that stays a Black person throughout? What does this say about Blackness to kids who are not Black? About whose life is being portrayed as mattering? And whose does not?”

Published: Mar 23, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,395 words)

A Deeper South

On two road trips wandering the backroads of the South — taken 20 years apart — Pete Candler discovers many truths about his family and the place he comes from.

Published: Mar 10, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,110 words)

Wish I Were There: The Life and Times of a Travel Writer

Editor and author Tom Swick looks at how travel writing has changed over the course of his career.

Author: Tom Swick
Published: Apr 16, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,906 words)

Goodbye, Eastern Europe!

Is “Eastern Europe” disappearing? Was it ever real, or just a figment of Cold War imaginations?

Published: Jan 27, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,934 words)

Where “It” Was: Rereading Stephen King’s “It” on Its 30th Anniversary

Was It really about a murderous clown, or was it about our ability to forget the horrors of the past?

Published: Sep 11, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,551 words)