Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means

John Jeremiah Sullivan’s profile of American folk singer, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Rihannon Giddens includes a history of the influential, but little known black antebellum fiddler Frank Johnson, as well as the 1898 racial massacre in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 13, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,258 words)

My Childhood in a Cult

Actor, writer and screenwriter Guinevere Turner recalls growing up in a cult called “The Lyman Family,” and reveals its lingering effects on her, many years after her departure from it.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 6, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,209 words)

Tracy Morgan Turns the Drama of His Life Into Comedy

Vinson Cunningham profiles Tracy Morgan as the comic films the second season of his Jordan Peele-produced TBS show “The Last O.G.” and explores the complex audience dynamics of black comedy.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 6, 2019
Length: 42 minutes (10,704 words)

The Race to Develop the Moon

The last person walked on the moon in 1972, but numerous countries and private interests have turned their attention back to the moon as a place to build bases, mine minerals and water, and launch explorers deeper into space.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 29, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,978 words)

The Day the Dinosaurs Died

A young unknown scientist may have found fossil remains dating from the day when an asteroid hit the earth and eventually wiped 99 percent of life from the planet. If it’s true, this is one of the most important scientific discoveries of the century. Other scientists have their doubts.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 29, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,178 words)

Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret

“Instead, he began to wonder whether what he was actually protecting at Guantánamo was one of the government’s darkest secrets: that its highest-value military detainee was being held essentially by mistake, and that his isolation in Echo Special was intended to cover up the hell that had been inflicted upon him.”

Author: Ben Taub
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 15, 2019
Length: 78 minutes (19,519 words)

What Cancer Takes Away

As she goes through treatment for breast cancer, Anne Boyer considers what being sick has cost her — physically, financially and emotionally — along with the societal and environmental costs of high-priced treatments.

Author: Anne Boyer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 8, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,866 words)

The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs

Getting a prescription for a psychiatric drug is pretty easy. Hell, getting prescriptions for multiple psychiatric drugs is pretty easy. Understanding where you stop and the drugs start, and getting off of them when they’re not actually serving you — that’s the hard part.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,024 words)

Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun

If you’ve ever read a newspaper, been in a city, or ridden a bus, you’ve seen an ad for Shen Yun. But what is it? Aside from the “organ harvesting, the homophobia, the anti-evolution ballad, and the Karl Marx apparition,” that is?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,625 words)

The Making of the Fox News White House

Trump’s friends are like family. And Trump hires his family.

Author: Jane Mayer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 11, 2019
Length: 45 minutes (11,453 words)