The Benzodiazepine Pilgrim

A man visits the Croatian town where Leo Sternbach, the inventor of benzodiazepines, was born. Benzos were the author’s drug of choice. Thankfully the town’s Margherita pizza outsells the Valium.

Published: Jun 27, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,092 words)

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Like many of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s nature reserves, the massive  Mangrove Marine Park has world class habitat and little funding to protect it. Deforestation for charcoal and poaching threatens the landscape, but regulations eliminate villagers’ ways of life. How does a tiny staff patrol such a huge landscape and protect its people?

 

Published: May 25, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,354 words)

Caviar of the Desert

Collecting ant larvae with Mexico’s escamoleros, a natural food turned luxury that can earn people enough to renovate their kitchen in one season.

Published: Apr 17, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,670 words)

Where Europe Begins?

In our era of increasing geopolitical tensions between Europe, Russia and the US, one journalist is traveling the hazy, disputed border between Europe and Asia, searching for clues about where one ends and the other begins, and why we bother splitting the world into East and West. In this story, he travels from Bulgaria to Georgia, which claims to be and to have always been European, despite conflicting indicators, like not belonging to the EU.

Published: Jan 30, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,145 words)

Chongqing’s Number One Noodle Obsessive

In Sichuan’s spicy-noodle capital, a local xiaomian aficionado takes a visitor on a quest for the ultimate bowl.

Published: Nov 21, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,028 words)