I Had a Chance to Travel Anywhere. Why Did I Pick Spokane?

“After 18 months of pandemic parenting isolation, the writer Jon Mooallem knew just where the cure might lie: a minor-league baseball game in eastern Washington.”

Published: Sep 21, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,238 words)

When Dasani Left Home

“What happens when trying to escape poverty means separating from your family at 13?”

Published: Sep 28, 2021
Length: 44 minutes (11,150 words)

Searching for a Lost Odessa — and a Deaf Childhood

“When I turn the hearing aids on in these streets, my parents are dead again. So, I turn them off.”

Published: Aug 9, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,707 words)

How Your Cup of Coffee Is Clearing the Jungle

“However it happened, anywhere between 20,000 and 130,000 people — estimates range wildly — are farming illegally within Bukit Barisan Selatan.”

Published: Aug 11, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,682 words)

100 Years After the Tulsa Massacre, What Does Justice Look Like?

“In 1921, a white mob attacked the Greenwood district of Tulsa, killing hundreds of Black people and destroying the neighborhood. Justice has never been served. Can it still be today?”

Published: May 25, 2021
Length: 31 minutes (7,800 words)

The Native Scholar Who Wasn’t

“Academia is an industry, like journalism, that defines itself in large part by its ethical standards; we’re supposed to educate people and produce knowledge. So what does it mean that we’re also a haven for fakes?”

Published: May 25, 2021
Length: 34 minutes (8,682 words)

Your Face Is Not Your Own

“When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit — and blew the future of privacy in America wide open.”

Published: Mar 18, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,450 words)

He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?

Dan-el Padilla Peralta “believes that classics is so entangled with white supremacy as to be inseparable from it.”

Published: Feb 2, 2021
Length: 33 minutes (8,461 words)

What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?

“What exactly was happening inside patients to make their sense of smell disappear in such an unusual way? Could Covid-related smell loss teach us anything new about how the virus worked? Or about how we did?”

Published: Jan 28, 2021
Length: 33 minutes (8,476 words)

How Nothingness Became Everything We Wanted

“The culture of negation inspires a taste for nothingness and glorifies numbness.”

Published: Jan 19, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,899 words)