The Whalers’ Odyssey

A courageous tribe, a colossal foe, and a terrifying ocean voyage.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,200 words)

The Trigger Effect

In September 2017, a campus police officer shot and killed a queer college student in Atlanta. By the end of the year, several of the student’s friends had been arrested, and two were dead. What happened at Georgia Tech? The story of a tragedy’s aftermath and the debates it sparked—about police brutality, free speech, gender identity, and civil disobedience.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Aug 31, 2018
Length: 56 minutes (14,000 words)

Axes of Evil

In August 1976, North Korean soldiers stationed in the DMZ hacked two U.S. officers to death with axes. For the next four days, the world teetered on the brink of conflict as Washington plotted revenge—by cutting down a poplar tree.

Author: Josh Dean
Source: The Atavist
Published: Jul 31, 2018
Length: 51 minutes (12,935 words)

Ordinary Person, Wild Radical

Seventeen years before the Stonewall Riots, Dale Jennings proclaimed to a California court that he was a homosexual. It was the first glimmer of a civil rights revolution.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 42 minutes (10,666 words)

Barbearians at the Gate

In the tiny anti-authoritarian town of Grafton, New Hampshire, residents have endured encroachment by bold black bears. In a town driven by a sense of liberty, when government agencies won’t protect the people from bears, then the people will protect themselves. But is the problem bold bear behavior or human behavior?

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jun 1, 2018
Length: 37 minutes (9,255 words)

Murder at the Alcatraz of the Rockies

How a rookie FBI agent spent a decade investigating the conspiracy surrounding the murder of Manuel (Tati) Torrez, a high-ranking member of the notorious Mexican Mafia gang, la Eme.

Source: The Atavist
Published: May 1, 2018
Length: 43 minutes (10,922 words)


This is simply an astonishing tale of Ron Porambo, a veteran reporter who rose to fame detailing abuses by the police during the 1967 Newark riot. Though Porambo’s resulting book brought prestige, it didn’t bring the awards he believed it deserved, so he turned to the avenue he thought would help achieve that balance he so craved: crime, specifically robbing drug dealers.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Mar 29, 2018
Length: 59 minutes (14,877 words)

Promethea Unbound

Promethea Olympia Kyrene Pythaitha renamed herself at age 13, the year she graduated from Montana State University, with the belief that “her life, and its work, would have meaning.” A prodigy who had begun to read at nine months, Promethea grew up in poverty with her mother in Montana. But news of her talents spread throughout the Greek diaspora, bringing into their lives a benefactor who became obsessed with her education.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 31, 2017
Length: 50 minutes (12,600 words)


In 1968, an American soldier named John Hartley Robertson disappeared in the jungles of Laos after his helicopter was shot down. His body was never found—until 2008, when a Christian missionary discovered a man in Vietnam who claimed to be Robertson.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jan 26, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,200 words)

When the Devil Enters

An Italian town is plagued by mysterious fires for years, leading scientists, law enforcement, and the Catholic church to get involved.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Nov 18, 2016
Length: 46 minutes (11,586 words)