My Time with Kurt Cobain

“Despite Kurt’s torment—or in a determined attempt to overcome it—Nirvana made life-affirming music. It made me feel better.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 22, 2021
Length: 28 minutes (7,102 words)

Sid Meier and the Meaning of “Civilization”

“Like many talented programmers at the time, he preferred to disappear into a fugue of coding and return with a gleaming piece of software.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 22, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,706 words)

The Other Afghan Women

“In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 6, 2021
Length: 39 minutes (9,900 words)

Pumpers, Dumpers, and Shills: The Skycoin Saga

“I turned to a man next to me and asked what had brought him to the party. He rubbed his thumb and forefinger together and shouted, ‘Making money.’”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 18, 2021
Length: 28 minutes (7,012 words)

Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare

“How the pop star’s father and a team of lawyers seized control of her life—and have held on to it for thirteen years.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 3, 2021
Length: 44 minutes (11,150 words)

The Women Who Preserved the Story of the Tulsa Race Massacre

“Today, the work done by Parrish in the nineteen-twenties and Gates in the nineteen-nineties forms the bedrock for books, documentaries, and a renewed reparations push that, a century after the massacre, is experiencing a groundswell of support.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 28, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,882 words)

Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved?

“The victims’ families were left deeply dissatisfied. Many of them wrote to officials, including Khrushchev, demanding a more thorough investigation. But nothing more was done, and the mysterious deaths of the nine skiers subsided into relative obscurity.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 10, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,559 words)

Ghost Walls

“As mass detentions and surveillance dominate the lives of China’s Uyghurs and Kazakhs, a woman struggles to free herself.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 5, 2021
Length: 68 minutes (17,200 words)

The Untold Story of Queer Foster Families

“But these social workers, in some cases inadvertently, were creating something radical: state-supported queer families in an era of intense discrimination.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 28, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,915 words)

How to Practice

“I wanted to get rid of my possessions, because possessions stood between me and death.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,822 words)