The Man in the Iron Lung

“When he was six, Paul Alexander contracted polio and was paralysed for life. Today he is 74, and one of the last people in the world still using an iron lung. But after surviving one deadly outbreak, he did not expect to find himself threatened by another.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,611 words)

‘The Past Six Weeks Have Been Unlike Anything I’ve Known’: a GP on How the Pandemic Has Changed His Work

Coronavirus has changed every aspect of Gavin Francis’ life at his doctor’s practice in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,105 words)

Long Journey Home: The Stranded Sailboats in a Race to Beat the Hurricanes

We heard about the cruise ships — but Covid-19 has also marooned people living on small boats worldwide.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,700 words)

‘Feasting on Fantasy’: My Month of Extreme Immersion in Disney+

“Proudest parenting moment of lockdown so far? When the six-year-old requested to watch Honey, I Shrunk the Kids for a second time. If that is the peak of my home-schooling efforts, which it undoubtedly is, I’ll take it.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 22, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,481 words)

Margaret Atwood’s Lockdown Diary: Life As An Eccentric Self-Isolationist

“How to make firelighters, combat squirrels and conduct a rubber chicken choir … the author shares practical tips from lockdown in Canada.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 18, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,686 words)

I’ve Fled New York with My Wife, Kids and Dog – Just as my Ancestors Fled the 1918 Pandemic

After covering the plights of refugees around the world as a journalist, Bryan Mealer finds himself a refugee, fleeing New York City for his childhood home of west Texas — where his great-grandmother and her oldest daughter died in the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 2, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,272 words)

Canada mourns Takaya – the lone sea wolf whose spirit captured the world

The life and death of a legendary wolf.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 27, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,830 words)

The Unlisted

How people without an address are stripped of their basic rights—an excerpt from The Address Book.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 26, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,755 words)

Real Estate for the Apocalypse: My Journey into a Survival Bunker

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, entrepreneurs are translating fears of societal collapse into post-apocalyptic gated communities.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,874 words)

Orderly, dour, cowed: how my beloved Italy is changed by coronavirus

Holed up with his family in their Parma flat, Tobias Jones tells of the eerie atmosphere in a country usually known for sociability, chaos and fun.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 15, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,314 words)