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)

The American Abyss

“A historian of fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob, and what comes next.”

Published: Jan 9, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth

“What will we lose when Najin and Fatu die?”

Published: Jan 6, 2021
Length: 30 minutes (7,680 words)

The Social Life of Forests

Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?”

Published: Dec 2, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,916 words)

How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Held on to Optimism

“The uncertainties of 2020 led the folk duo to discover a new emotional urgency in songs about the slow, challenging, beautiful heat of living.”

Published: Nov 3, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,652 words)

Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait

“Dozens of military contractors, most of them Black, have been jailed in the emirate—some on trumped-up drug charges. Why has the American government failed to help them?”

Published: Oct 28, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,500 words)

Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me

“Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.”

Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,576 words)