Translating a Person

“Who do we become when we inhabit another language?”

Source: The Believer
Published: Dec 2, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,172 words)

Under the Weather

Ash Sanders considers the heavy psychological cost of climate change and society-at-large’s strangely dismissive view of those who routinely make personal sacrifices in order to help the planet survive.

Source: The Believer
Published: Dec 2, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,836 words)

Translating a Person

Who do we become when we inhabit another language?

Source: The Believer
Published: Dec 2, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,100 words)

Las Marthas

Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant in Laredo, Texas, is a debutante ball featuring teenagers in multi-thousand-dollar Martha Washington cosplay. Mostly Mexican teenagers. But it wasn’t always that way — towns shift, and so do identities.

Source: The Believer
Published: Oct 1, 2019
Length: 41 minutes (10,423 words)

Place: The Loop, Houston

“Houstonians call I-610 the Loop. It divides the city into two parts: inside the Loop and outside the Loop. The city circumference is marked by Beltway 8, the last buffer before you hit the suburbs. When I was a kid, I lived a neighborhood cluster beyond Beltway 8, west of the city. If you want to picture what that looked like, imagine absolutely nothing at all. Then add some rice fields and some football fields and an H-E-B. Your typical Southern suburban Americana. Still, this was Houston, so there was some semblance of diversity. Even a few decades ago, my family could find just about everything we were looking for (beef patties, black barbers, family friends) outside the city’s inner core.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Oct 1, 2019
Length: 4 minutes (1,147 words)

Weather Reports: Voices from Xinjiang

The Chinese government denies the mass internment of the Xinjiang region’s Turkic and Muslim peoples, but this forty-page collection of oral histories offers evidence of an enormous humanitarian crisis, with abuses ranging from brainwashing and forced labor to torture.

Author: Ben Mauk
Source: The Believer
Published: Oct 1, 2019
Length: 88 minutes (22,013 words)

Such Perfection

An examination of beauty, objectivity, and disability.

Source: The Believer
Published: Jun 1, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,695 words)

A Natural Mother

Vivia spent a large portion of her monthly budget on the purchase. She waited twenty-five long days, and when the USPS box appeared, it was heavier than she’d expected. For a moment, she wondered if maybe there was a real baby inside. But, of course, it was a doll.

Source: The Believer
Published: Jun 1, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,800 words)

Send in the Clones

A rogue group called the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is moving cuttings and seeds from California’s ancient sequoia north to Oregon to save the species from the coming effects of climate change. But should they? Maybe in a world faced with global environmental disaster, the old rules no longer apply.

Source: The Believer
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,919 words)

Leave No Trace

One Australian examines her life and Australia’s history, wondering whether her country’s fixation on stories of missing children, particularly missing females, is simply its way to avoid confronting its colonial origins, where indigenous Australians were treated as invisible.

Source: The Believer
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 38 minutes (9,601 words)