When a Populist Demagogue Takes Power

Rodrigo Duterte, the newly elected President of the Philippines, has normalized the killings of thousands of people—mostly poor—in a vicious drug war.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 14, 2016
Length: 38 minutes (9,560 words)

My Friend Sam

A beautiful story about a friendship.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 12, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,274 words)

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

A profile of the American writer and author, whose fiction helped transform the mainstream.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 13, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6,658 words)

Ali Wong’s Radical Raunch

A profile of comedian and writer Ali Wong, whose work takes on the last taboos of female sexuality: pregnancy and motherhood.

Author: Ariel Levy
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 26, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,209 words)

A Decade Lived in the Dark

A woman’s memoir about dealing with extreme light sensitivity captivated readers and critics, but medical professionals are questioning the veracity of her story.

Author: Ed Caesar
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 19, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,746 words)

Ghost Stories

Over half a century after WWII, a generation of Germans still struggles to come to terms with their ancestors’ atrocities. They are kriegskinder, the children of war. Guilt and spirits haunt them.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 12, 2016
Length: 34 minutes (8,647 words)

Patagonia’s Philosopher-King

Nick Paumgarten’s profile of Yvon Chouinard, the eco-conscious and anti-corporate co-founder of Patagonia. Chouinard was a close friend of, and co-adventurer with, Doug Tompkins, the late founder of the North Face.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 12, 2016
Length: 34 minutes (8,672 words)

The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale

The ancient South American hallucinogen ayahuasca has become America’s psychedelic drug du jour, with everyone from Baby Boomers and Millennials to the Silicon Valley set seeking its potent revelations about harmony and interspecies unity. To hear the plants speak, all you need is money and some strength of mind.

Author: Ariel Levy
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 5, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,413 words)

The Country Restaurant

The greatest chef you’ve never heard of harvests most of his own ingredients, cooks with everything from acorns to pine needles to hickory sap, and is booked 10 years in advance. That is, if you believe him.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 22, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,748 words)

Gender Studies

[Fiction] While traveling to a conference, a recently dumped gender studies professor views herself in the reflection of her airport shuttle driver.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 22, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,705 words)