How George Clinton Made Funk a World View

Hua Hsu considers the heirs and influence of P-Funk founder George Clinton on the eve of Clinton’s retirement from performing.

Author: Hua Hsu
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 9, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,406 words)

Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?

The new president of the New York City Transit Authority is smart, seems almost unfailingly polite, and is very English. Whether that’s enough to enable him to wrangle the system he’s been tasked with fixing remains to be seen. William Finnegan paints a deft portrait of Andy Byford settling into his new job and getting his C train legs.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 2, 2018
Length: 37 minutes (9,389 words)

The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger

The fox-like marsupial carnivore known as the Tasmanian Tiger was declared extinct in 1936, but some Australians have dedicated their lives to proving it still lurks in the Tasmanian bush. Don’t compare it to bigfoot. Unlike bigfoot, the tiger was real.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,626 words)

Paisley Park, Prince’s Lonely Palace

For the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich tours Paisley Park, the home and recording studio of the late Prince.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,469 words)

Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian?

When bilingualism isn’t obviously valuable, you have to decide what you think of the language.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 14, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,475 words)

The Bullshit-Job Boom

Existentialists with agita, rejoice. We now have an anthropologist’s new book confirming that what we do means nothing. David Greaber’s Bullshit Jobs examines the current work economy and how we attribute meaning to our lives with possibly (probably?) meaningless tasks.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 7, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,555 words)

Why African-American Doctors are Choosing to Study Medicine in Cuba

Anakwa Dwamena explores the influence of the Latin American School of Medicine, or E.L.A.M, Cuba’s international medical school, which actively recruits talented undergraduates from the United States.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 6, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,043 words)

Don’t Eat Before Reading This

A pre-Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain starts spilling the secrets of restaurant chefs.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 19, 1999
Length: 10 minutes (2,624 words)

Bird Flight

Jazz radio host Phil Schaap relishes jazz history on a show whose winding, digressive style is both “exhaustive and exhausting.” Unlike many obsessives, Schaap uses his deep knowledge of mid-century jazz to keep it alive in the collective memory.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 19, 2008
Length: 30 minutes (7,720 words)

Looking for Life on a Flat Earth

Alan Burdick spent two days at a North Carolina convention for Flat-Earthers. In a post-truth era, should more people shed their spherical beliefs and admit science may not be science at all?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 30, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,720 words)