The Hungry People

“Non-Natives like to think that the Mayflower had Wi-Fi, that the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María brought with them consumer goods, Facebook, and nuclear medicine. In reality, they brought very little from Europe that Natives wanted beyond weapons and metalwork.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jun 29, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,021 words)

What Does It Take to Become a Wine Superpower?

Canada is a leading exporter of maple syrup, oil, and bacon. Wine? Not so much. A French transplant in British Columbia is trying to change that.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,122 words)

How Selfie Culture Ruins the Great Outdoors for Everyone Else

“There have literally been screaming matches and fist fights over parking spots,” she says. “It can be like a shopping mall at Christmas.”

Author: Joel Barde
Source: The Walrus
Published: May 19, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,462 words)

This Is the Internet We Were Promised

“The World Wide Web hasn’t felt this supportive since it was invented. Why did it take a pandemic?”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Apr 29, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,754 words)

Sex Ed Failed Me. Then I Was Hired to Sell Vibrators

“Barely five feet two inches tall and wearing a too-big dress shirt and braces, I looked more like a Catholic schoolchild lost on a field trip than the newest employee of Lovecraft sex shop.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Apr 20, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,709 words)

Why Grocery Shopping Is On Its Way Out

Digital convenience is beating out the store, but “What we keep losing are those social relationships that we built on food being so central. And, if we’re not building those connections, then we’re losing a part of being human.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Mar 4, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,529 words)

Hacking Diabetes

A network of amateur programmers is transforming the illness with a DIY app.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Jan 30, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,116 words)

Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity

Steven Heighton sat in silence with an author he admired — and learned how to write well.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Dec 27, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,911 words)

Don’t Blame the Internet for New Slang

Language is always changing. Has technology forced it to evolve in new ways?

Source: The Walrus
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,039 words)

Did the Heir to the Red Bull Empire Get Away with Murder?

Thailand’s justice system has a track for the rich and a track for everyone else, and this corrupt double standard extends to tax laws, international national borders, and murder.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Sep 4, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,558 words)