The Great Divide: Growing up in Rural Washington as a Muslim Immigrant

“Through the years, I stopped feeling pressured to either be less Japanese or more Japanese, and decided just to be. It became easier when I found someone who helped me remain intact.” Hayat Norimine describes what it was like to grow up as an only child in a Japanese-Syrian household in Pullman, a town in the Palouse region of Washington State.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 17, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,679 words)

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

On the surprising social arrangements and habits of crows, who recognize and remember individual people and hold funerals to honor their dead — a phenomenon that is helping scientists like Kaeli Swift to understand how intelligent creatures process death. Feed a crow and she will gift you with keys and candy — tokens of her appreciation. Treat her poorly and she and her corvid compatriots may mob you on sight.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: May 17, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,280 words)

After the Fall: The Tunnel Creek Avalanche, Five Years Later

Eva Holland talks to the survivors and explores the aftermath of the Tunnel Creek avalanche — the tragedy that inspired “Snow Fall” — five years after a massive snow slide claimed the lives of three men.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Feb 13, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,887 words)

The Other Sister

A moving personal essay by Ciara O’Rourke about preparing for a future in which she is the primary caregiver for her sister, who is living with autism.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Oct 27, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,127 words)

Katie Rose on Top of the World

20 years after her father, climbing legend Scott Fischer, died on Everest — a tragedy chronicled in Into Thin Air — Katie Rose Fischer-Price traveled back.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 30, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,958 words)

Thicker Than Water

After a charter boat sinks off the coast of St. Lucia, two siblings survive a night at sea.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Oct 28, 2015
Length: 25 minutes (6,400 words)

A Son Rises in the West

Twenty years ago a Seattle boy moved to Nepal after being recognized as the reincarnation of a revered Tibetan lama. This is his mother’s story.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Feb 2, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,477 words)

Elysian, Anheuser-Busch, and the Fight for the Soul of Seattleā€™s Beer

The story of how three friends grew the Elysian Brewing Company into a Seattle icon, and what happened when they were acquired by Anheuser-Busch after two decades of proud independence.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Sep 28, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

17 Shots in Pasco

A police shooting of a Mexican field worker in Pasco, Washington leaves a community wondering whether it’s a “‘Ferguson’ moment for Hispanics.”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: May 26, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,201 words)

Tony Wheat Has Been Sorry for So Long

Tony Wheat is Washington state’s longest incarcerated inmate and was once on death row for the murder of three gas station attendants. He has spent the last 50 years trying to serve others in jail, winning the respect of corrections staff and fellow prisoners.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Apr 27, 2015
Length: 25 minutes (6,364 words)