Spacebase Was The Place: The Life Of Ras G, Blunted Saint Of The L.A. Beat Scene

A self-taught, prolific, intuitive, musician, he embodied and embraced the totality of Black musical history, blew speakers and mystified listeners, and his unconvential approach to making shit bumping made him what some call “the closest Los Angeles has come to producing a Sun Ra.”

Author: Max Bell
Source: NPR
Published: Aug 6, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,298 words)

They Fell In Love Helping Drug Users. But Fear Kept Him From Helping Himself

Many obstacles exist for people on parole who want medication-assisted opioid treatment. One obstacle is how much they trust their parole officer. It can cost people their lives.

Author: Will Stone
Source: NPR
Published: Feb 24, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,149 words)

Forgotten: The Things We Lost In Kanye’s Gospel Year

“We have forgotten that black gospel music was fashioned by the courageous inventiveness of black migrants from Southern states to places like Chicago and Detroit. The style they created had within it a political and economic critique of racial capitalism: One need only peruse the lyrical content about joblessness, motherlessness, despair, to see it. But we forget that this lyrical content, like what Zora Neale Hurston said about the Sanctified Church, was also sounded out in a register that marked its difference from established Christian denominations. In this way, black gospel was not fundamentally about utopian otherworldliness and the sweet by-and-by, even when the lyrics were.”

Source: NPR
Published: Oct 23, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,833 words)

The ‘Strange, Unduly Neglected Prophet’

Silvio Gesell had a groundbreaking idea: money that expires. Shockingly, people with lots of money were not big fans.

Source: NPR
Published: Aug 27, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,677 words)

For Women Musicians, Maybelle Carter Set The Standard And Broke The Mold

“If Maybelle Carter — mother of country music, without whom country and rock and roll guitar would not exist — can’t make the great guitar player list, how can women musicians expect to be seen at all?”

Source: NPR
Published: Aug 13, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,951 words)

Medicaid Under The Influence: How Drugmakers Sway Medication Options For Patients

Drug companies are working hard to influence state Medicaid drug cost controls to keep their profits flowing.

Source: NPR
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,366 words)

Under The Skin: Why That ‘Arrested Development’ Interview Is So Bad

“But maybe it was this interview because the disrespect felt so benign in the delivery and so destructive in the effect.”

Source: NPR
Published: May 24, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,343 words)

The Kent State Shootings, 35 Years Later

On the 47th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, NPR has this excerpt of 13 Seconds: A Look Back at the Kent State Shootings, former Chicago Tribune reporter Philip Caputo’s 2005 book about covering the massacre, in which members of the Ohio National Guard shot and killed unarmed students who were protesting the Vietnam War.

Source: NPR
Published: May 4, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,009 words)

The Most Expensive Record Never Sold

Some people go to great lengths for fame and fortune, especially this Florida surfer who plays guitar.

Source: NPR
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,927 words)

NPR’s Mobile Home Series

A two-part report on conditions at mobile home parks in the U.S. Read parts one and two here.

Source: NPR
Published: Dec 26, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)