Mark in the Middle

“There was no obvious way to placate liberal employees and conservative users at the same time.” Casey Newton reports on the dynamics inside Facebook and shares a series of leaked audio recordings from internal meetings this summer.

Source: The Verge
Published: Sep 23, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,408 words)

Waiting to Be Thrown Out

Following the story of one Cameroonian, Gaby Del Valle dives deep into how video teleconferencing technology in the U.S.’s immigration courts fuels the deportation machine.

Source: The Verge
Published: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,280 words)

The Peace Reporters

The police dressed for war. The people showed up with cameras.

Source: The Verge
Published: Aug 31, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,500 words)

Sick Days

“Instacart promises a safer way to shop, but workers tell a different story.”

Source: The Verge
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,418 words)

The Drone Boat Of ‘Shipwreck Alley’

“Meet BEN, the self-driving boat that’s been tasked with helping lay bare the long-lost secrets of the lakebed.”

Source: The Verge
Published: Mar 5, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,446 words)

The iBackpack Has It All: Kevlar, Batteries, and a Federal Investigation

The man behind an alleged crowdfunding scam wants you to know he isn’t a scammer.

Source: The Verge
Published: Mar 4, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,443 words)

The Terror Queue

“It felt like you were putting on a cape, working at Google, getting your free kombucha, sleeping in nap pods,’ she says. ‘But every once in a while, you’d have to see some disturbing content. Really, how bad could it be?’ She called her mom and said she was taking the job. She was 23 years old.”

Source: The Verge
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,606 words)

Dial Up!

The Hmong diaspora broadcasts radio programs run by DJs via conference call — a place where far-flung people can phone in to listen to programs and connect with one another in their own language.

Author: Mia Sato
Source: The Verge
Published: Nov 22, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,897 words)

Drink Up, Stoners

Beer producers from Lagunitas to Anheuser-Busch are betting big money that the drinkable marijuana market will be the next Red Bull or kombucha market, but will alcohol consumers buy fizzy THC water that makes you sleepy rather than amped to hit the club? As Amanda Chicago Lewis puts it, “The people who can’t handle being stoned in public are not going to suddenly learn how.”

Source: The Verge
Published: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,360 words)

Road Tripping With the Amazon Nomads

Capitalism is one strange beast.

Source: The Verge
Published: Jul 10, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,460 words)