Songs in the Key of Childhood

How, for over 50 years and often through song, Sesame Street has been helping kids from every strata of society to comprehend difficult topics and learn how to behave compassionately when faced with racism, serious illness, death, and more.

The world was broken in half, but music, music could be the bridge.

Source: The Believer
Published: Mar 7, 2022
Length: 39 minutes (9,768 words)

What’s Not in a Name?

“Names are choices—just usually not ours.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Jan 12, 2022
Length: 23 minutes (5,825 words)

Fall Risk

“A meditation on a period of weakness with no known cause.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Mar 25, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,746 words)

An Interview With Black Thought

“I think attention, or the lack thereof, during one’s career has the potential to make or break one’s journey. And during the times when there was less attention on me, it was just what I wanted and needed. But what happens when you have something that propels you from one level of celebrity to another is that it’s almost like you get to reinvent yourself.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Dec 1, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,785 words)

An Interview with Chuck Palahniuk

“At exactly 1:05pm, the Prius was outside my Airbnb, as was Chuck, in a pressed white shirt and pastel turquoise shorts. He treated me to a tuna sandwich at a nearby bakery. We then drove back and sat down for three hours of conversation in the secluded bamboo-walled yard, which happened to be right next to where he attends his AA meetings.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Sep 27, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,659 words)

Ghosts

“I didn’t know how to write about my sister’s death—so I had AI do it for me.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Aug 9, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,992 words)

The Last Black Stage

“I see rehearsal space, rehearsal tapes, dressing rooms, cooking sessions, woodsheds, after-hours performances, and backstage as Black sacred spaces, places where we are most like ourselves.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Jun 1, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,665 words)

Border Acts

An immersive theatrical performance reveals a side of Ciudad Juárez rarely seen by outsiders.

Source: The Believer
Published: Jun 1, 2021
Length: 31 minutes (7,800 words)

Crush

“Can we fall in love completely without completely losing ourselves?”

Source: The Believer
Published: Apr 1, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,100 words)

It’s Not Too Late

“I don’t want my part to get skipped over, but I still don’t know how to write directly about what went down between me and M. All I can do is worry a detail like an R&B singer worries a line…For years I’ve cherished a clip of Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin singing on Soul Train.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Aug 14, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,185 words)