Extra Life: How I was Saved by Video Games

Scott C. Jones on being repeatedly molested as a child and how video games have helped him to navigate years of living with self-doubt.

Published: Dec 30, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,983 words)

The Road

Brazil’s massive Amazon rainforest basin is the world’s last terrestrial frontier. Like all frontiers, it’s getting developed for profit and nation-building at the expense of first nations and the native ecosystem. Unlike other frontiers, it’s happening as the world struggles to address climate change. In this epic, in-depth story, Stephanie Nolen travels 1,200 miles on a single road, BR-163, to examine whether Brazil can utilize the Amazon to build itself into a first-world economy while protecting enough forest to honor its global ecological responsibility.

Published: Jan 26, 2018
Length: 41 minutes (10,491 words)

How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution

There’s a new underground railroad to Canada. Through a safe house network, the Canadian government has been spiriting away gay Chechen men who face honor killings at their hands of their family. In this conservative Russian republic, the government not only looks away from these heinous crimes, it encourages them.

Published: Sep 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,701 words)

Read and Destroy

Karen Durrie was ten years old when her mother’s boyfriend began to molest her. At the Globe and Mail, Durrie examines the years of abuse and the fear, shame, and feelings of complicity that not only kept her silent, but encouraged her to correspond with her attacker.

Published: Apr 23, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,213 words)

A Radical Grief

In 1985, Cliff and Wilma Derksen’s daughter Candace was abducted and left to die in Winnipeg’s severe cold. While they did not yet know the killer’s identity, they made a decision to forgive — and to save themselves and the good left in their lives. Now, 32 years later, the suspect in the case awaits his verdict in a second trial.

Published: Apr 14, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,140 words)

The Graffiti Kids Who Sparked the Syrian War

Mark MacKinnon tells the story of Naief Abazid — who, at the urging of some older boys, graffitied a school wall on a lark in Daraa, Syria, at age 14. The “writing on the wall” enraged Syria’s Baathist dictatorship, and became the source of ignition in the Syrian war — a conflict now nearly six years old — which has claimed over 400,000 lives, displaced nearly 5 million refugees, and has had lasting repercussions the world over.

Published: Dec 2, 2016
Length: 63 minutes (15,996 words)

Off-Time: Becoming a Widow at Age 36.

Christina Frangou writes on becoming a widow at age 36, after her husband Spencer died of kidney cancer, 42 days after diagnosis.

Published: Dec 20, 2016
Length: 32 minutes (8,122 words)

Zika’s Ground Zero

At the center of the outbreak in Brazil researchers are painstakingly trying to unspool a medical mystery that some say is reminiscent of the early study of the AIDS virus.

Published: Feb 29, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,612 words)

Unpregnant: The silent, secret grief of miscarriage

Alexandra Kimball on the isolation of suffering a miscarriage, and the missing language of grieving this loss.

Published: Dec 9, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,693 words)

Canada’s Chronic Asbestos Problem

India has a voracious market for asbestos, which is used to make a cement composite used in low-cost building products. Canada sent 69,575 tonnes of asbestos to India in 2010, according to the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database, with a value of $39.1 million (U.S.). The leading supplier to the country, by far, is Russia. In 2010, Canada ranked third after that country and Brazil.

A small network of activists and aggrieved workers across India argue that there is no such thing as safe use in a country where there is no tradition or practice of occupational safety, no enforcement of regulations, no monitoring of workers’ health—and such severe poverty that Swami went on showing up for work for years, long after he was winded by a half-block walk and had been diagnosed with asbestosis. He knew full well his job was killing him. “In Canada you have all these safety measures,” he says. “In my country they’ve left us to carry it and die.”

Published: Nov 21, 2011
Length: 22 minutes (5,507 words)