The Orgies Are Lame. The Sun Is Unforgiving. There’s 70,000 People Partying on ‘The Playa’: What It’s Like Going to Burning Man For the First Time

Embrace the playa. Dance with a panda. Sobriety is strongly discouraged.

Published: Sep 16, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,798 words)

The Lost Civilization of California Wine

Why are some of California’s greatest red wines collecting dust in a storeroom near Yuba City? It has something to do with the cult that produced them.

Published: Aug 23, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,965 words)

Working in a Wasteland

Even though the land was a Superfund site, officials said the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard near San Francisco was safe. So why did members of San Francisco’s specialized police units get sick while stationed there?

Published: Jul 27, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,206 words)

Should We Hide the Locations of Earth’s Greatest Trees?

When everyone wants to photograph themselves beside the world’s biggest coastal redwoods, the trees’ roots get trampled, soil compacted, and visitors damage the objects of their affection. So can the National Park Service protect certain ancient trees by concealing them?

Published: Jul 5, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,016 words)

The Quest to Save Stephen Hawking’s Voice

The story of how engineers spent years trying to build software for Stephen Hawking that would preserve his distinctive robotic voice — based off of technology from 1986.

Published: Mar 18, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)

A Fire’s First, Fatal Hours

In Northern California, a monster firestorm became unstoppable almost as soon as it started.

Published: Oct 19, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,690 words)

A Life on the Line

Over the course of nine hours, Cecilia Lam called the police eight times to report an “escalating domestic violence” situation. Officers showed up at her apartment multiple times. So why did she die so senselessly?

Author: Vivian Ho
Published: Oct 5, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

Last Men Standing

Since 1981, AIDS has taken more than 20,000 lives in San Francisco. But what about the men who survived the disease, and continue to struggle on, despite having lost so much of their community?

Published: Mar 3, 2016
Length: 55 minutes (13,977 words)