Why Silicon Valley Billionaires Are Prepping for the Apocalypse in New Zealand

When civilization collapses, would you rather die or end up on a New Zealand sheep farm with cutthroat capitalist Peter Thiel, enjoying a transfusion of a young person’s blood?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 15, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,555 words)

The Diabolical Genius of the Baby Advice Industry

On the modern explosion of a confusing, quackery-filled, yet irresistibly addictive book genre.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jan 16, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,620 words)

The Scammers Gaming India’s Overcrowded Job Market

In parts of India where jobs are so scarce that college graduates apply to be street sweepers, people are willing to work as scammers who extract money from gullible Americans by impersonating US tax officers and taking their computers hostage with fake viruses. They also prey on other Indians.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jan 2, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,099 words)

American Reams: Why a ‘Paperless World’ Still Hasn’t Happened

In a world full of smartphones, laptops, and tablets, the paper industry is showing surprising resiliency.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Dec 29, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,854 words)

Bussed Out

For thirty years, many American cities have run “homeless relocation programs,” where homeless people are given free bus tickets to move somewhere else. The Guardian takes the first close look at how this all does and does not work.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Dec 20, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,827 words)

Portugal’s Radical Drugs Policy Is Working. Why Hasn’t the World Copied It?

Portugal’s drug epidemic started in the 1980s, and HIV and overdoses skyrocketed. After decriminalizing all substances in 2001, the country started focusing on harm-reduction instead of punishment, but it was cultural shifts that truly improved the country’s situation. Is Portugal’s success too culturally bound to work elsewhere?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Dec 5, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,840 words)

‘A Tale of Decay’: The Houses of Parliament Are Falling down

As politicians dither over repairs, the risk of fire, flood or a deluge of sewage only increases. But fixing the Palace of Westminster might change British politics for good – which is the last thing many of its residents want.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,571 words)

How the Sandwich Consumed Britain

To perfect a culinary staple as ubiquitous and timeless as the sandwich “is a question of using tenacity, knowledge, know-how, flair.”

Author: Sam Knight
Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 24, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,285 words)

How to Sell a Country: The Booming Business of Nation Branding

What do you know about Minsk, the capital of Belarus? Or the nation of Georgia? If you know anything, it’s either a oversimplification like ‘danger’ or ‘forested’ or an enticing tagline about wine and prosperity. An entire niche industry helps create identities, sometimes to attract tourists, sometimes, as with Libya, to scrub its image clean.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 7, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,810 words)

The War Against Pope Francis

A progressive reformer wins a contentious vote and he immediately begins to shake things up, overturning thousands of years of tradition. Pope Francis, the “cool pope,” came to his role as the head of the Catholic church in the age of Obama. But now, with conservative backlashes underway in countries around the world, nowhere is that backlash more conservative than in the Vatican. Accusing a pope of heresy is a “nuclear option,” but in 2017, it appears the nuclear option is back on the table.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 27, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,500 words)