Conscripted into the Emperor’s Private Orchestra

“What do a crew of talented musicians do when forced to serve at the pleasure of a notoriously cruel dictator? They play like their lives depend on it.”

Source: Narratively
Published: Jun 30, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,186 words)

The Crime Victim Who’s Obsessed with True Crime Shows

“Before the shooting, watching true crime shows was a diversion. Afterward, it is no longer simply a genre to me.”

Source: Narratively
Published: Jun 25, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,063 words)

How the World’s Most Venomous Fish Convinced Me to Stop Working Myself to Death

“”I…Googled pictures of stonefish. I thought about the insidious nature of those gnarled, prehistoric-looking venom traps: how freaky it is to think that they’re always there, perfectly still, camouflaged in the coral. Waiting for you to hit rock bottom. How sometimes the most unavoidable pain comes from the things that are hardest to see.”

Source: Narratively
Published: Jun 22, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,841 words)

The Indigenous Woman Behind South America’s Biggest Male Chefs

“Patricia Pérez uses her grandmother’s ancient map of the desert to forage for plants and herbs no one else on Earth can access.”

Source: Narratively
Published: Jun 4, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,300 words)

The Man With the Golden Airline Ticket

“That’s what Dad’s AAirpass and ultra-elite flying status yielded for him: lifelong bonds.”

Source: Narratively
Published: Jul 22, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,129 words)

The Tow Truck Turf War and the Driver Left for Dead

In Pittsburgh’s cutthroat towing business, “crash chasers” sabotage competitors, employ “enforcers” to intimidate each other, and fight on the scene with disturbing regularity. For new driver and new father, Jason Stotlemyer, one job nearly turned deadly.

Source: Narratively
Published: Jul 11, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,967 words)

This 12-Step Group Meets in the Basement of a Fetish Shop

Alcoholics Anonymous has numbers special-interest recovery groups. When people in the BDSM community needed to speak as openly about kink as their addiction, they started their own group: Recovery in the Lifestyle, or RitL.

Author: Aly Tadros
Source: Narratively
Published: Oct 24, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,058 words)

The Great Unsolved Mystery of Missing Marjorie West

Eighty years ago, four-year-old Marjorie West went missing from a park in Pennsylvania. As one of our country’s oldest unsolved cases, theories still abound – did a she-bear take her? A wildman? Is she still alive?

Source: Narratively
Published: May 8, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

The Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own”

“The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League did everything it could to keep lesbians off the diamond. Seventy-five years later, its gay stars are finally opening up.”

Source: Narratively
Published: May 30, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,542 words)

When a Magician’s Curse Swung Boxing’s Biggest Bout

In the late-1930s, boxer Tiger Jack Fox was a force to be reckoned with, but did supernatural hocus pocus lose him an important fight?

Source: Narratively
Published: Nov 27, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)