The Town Where Everyone Owns a Gun

After the mine closed nearby, and the residents started to move out of Nucla, Colorado, the town passed an ordinance that every household in the municipality was required to own a gun. But as the residents see it, their main enemy is Telluride, the liberal city next door.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 14, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

The Great Self-Esteem Con

By now, the idea that positive self-esteem is necessary for success is more or less taken for granted. But what if it’s all based on very shaky, smartly packaged science?

Author: Will Storr
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 3, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,612 words)

On the Frontline With Karachi’s Ambulance Drivers

Muhammad Safdar is an ambulance driver in Karachi, Pakistan, where religious violence, workplace disasters, and multiple explosions indicate just another day on the job. The Edhi Foundation’s ambulance service refuses state funding and donations from businesses they deem unethical. The service is funded largely by donations from “the common man.” Standard work shifts run between 18 and 36 hours and drivers earn about $1.30 US per day.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,763 words)

How Rich Hippies and Developers Went to War over Instagram’s Favorite Beach

Tulum was once a sleepy Mexican town where Mayan ruins overlooked white-sand beaches. But in the last decade, developers, hippies, and the social media set took advantaged of affordable real estate to transform Tulum into a destination for lifestyle tourists. But last summer, the price for that affordable real estate became clear as the government began to evict longtime residents and business owners..

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

Operation London Bridge: The Secret Plan for the Days After the Queen’s Death

There’s plenty the British don’t speak of. But the death of the 90-year-old Queen might be one of the least spoken about—and best planned for—inevitabilities faced by an entire nation. Sam Knight delivers a minute-by-minute account of what could happen when Elizabeth II, who has outlasted twelve U.S. presidents, dies within the walls of Buckingham Palace. Code word: “London Bridge is down.”

Author: Sam Knight
Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 16, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,200 words)

George Saunders: What Writers Really Do When They Write

George Saunders reflects on his writing process, suggesting that the magical, romantic notion where fully formed art leaps from the author’s brain on to the page does the writer, the reader, and the work a disservice. In reality, it takes “hundreds of drafts” and “thousands of incremental adjustments” to form a story into a “hopeful thing.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 4, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,368 words)

Into The Woods: How One Man Survived Alone in the Wilderness For 27 years

An excerpt from The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit — Michael Finkel’s book on Christopher Knight, the man who simply walked away from the modern world into the woods of rural Maine in 1986 — without any real plan for survival. Living alone for 27 years in a makeshift camp, Knight survived by stealing food, clothes, and provisions from neighboring camps and cabins. Knight committed over 1,000 break-ins during his self-imposed exile — stymying law enforcement and homeowners alike for nearly three decades.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 15, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,022 words)

Internet Warriors: Inside the Dark World of Online ‘Trolls’

Three years ago, filmmaker Kyrre Lien became curious about what drives people to make hateful comments online. He pored over 200 online profiles and traveled the world to interview internet trolls in person to uncover why they say the things they do. The results are fascinating and terrifying at the same time.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 10, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,575 words)

Going Underground: Inside the World of the Mole-Catchers

Great Britain is home to approximately 31 million moles, and the competing Guild of British Molecatchers and Association of Professional Mole Catchers are out to get them — and each other.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,469 words)

Patagonia and The North Face: Saving the World — One Puffer Jacket at a Time

The outerwear industry often touts its commitment to sustainability and ethical consumption — but can it reconcile its values with the demands of running a for-profit business?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,783 words)