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)

How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration

On Chicago’s Southside, Clarissa Glenn worked for ten years to get her husband out of prison after crooked cops planted evidence on him. Her efforts ended up overturning thirty-two other convictions.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 28, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,630 words)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame

MacFarquhar’s long profile of MacArthur Fellow Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the novelist’s legacy and the torments of fame in Nigeria and America.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 4, 2018
Length: 47 minutes (11,883 words)