Suffering Unseen: The Dark Truth Behind Wildlife Tourism

Hey, woke American tourist in Thailand: the same organization running that cruelty-free elephant viewing experience at the eco-lodge also owns the cruelty-infused elephant show down the road, and the elephants are the same.

Published: May 15, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,295 words)

How Rats Became an Inescapable Part of City Living

Where there are people, there are rats: they’re smart, hardy, and empathetic, and we can’t really complain about them when it’s our trash that feeds them.

Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,754 words)

Susan Potter Will Live Forever

When Susan Potter died of pneumonia at the age of 87, she donated her body to the Visible Human Project so it could be sliced and photographed. The images would be digitized and used to create a virtual cadaver that medical students could use to dissect and reassemble with the stroke of a few keys.

Published: Dec 20, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,076 words)

How a Transplanted Face Transformed a Young Woman’s Life

This feature about an advancement in medicine that allows for face transplantation tells the story of a young woman getting a second chance after blowing her face off with a gun in a suicide attempt at 18. It also examines just what our faces mean to us and do for us as humans.

Published: Aug 16, 2018
Length: 46 minutes (11,500 words)

We Depend on Plastic. Now We’re Drowning In it.

The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways.

Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,823 words)

Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade

“Catch a hummingbird. Kill it. Wrap it in underwear, cover it with honey—and sell it to arouse passion in a lover.” On the booming black market for dead hummingbirds to be made into Latin love charms called chuparosas.

Published: Apr 18, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,154 words)

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

In her introduction to National Geographic‘s “Race Issue,” Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg looks back on the ways in which the magazine’s coverage, since its inception in 1888, has participated in othering of people of color, and used racial slurs.

Published: Mar 12, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,630 words)

After Summiting Mt. Everest, He Returned Home to Face His Demons

Outdoor explorer and photographer Cory Richards describes his personal struggles with PTSD, alcoholism, and infidelity.

Published: Mar 30, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,182 words)

Does An Octopus Have A Soul? This Author Thinks So

In this interview, Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, reflects on the uncanny intelligence, intuition, and surprising sex lives of octopuses.

Published: Jun 10, 2015
Length: 8 minutes (2,198 words)

Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink: It has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.

Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,715 words)