The Male Glance

The male glance is what we do to art by women: it’s a look that is quick, it judges, it supposes, and it moves on. It’s what makes art by men serious, and art by women dismissive. “We’ve been hemorrhaging great work for decades,” writes Lili Loofbourow, “partly because we were so bad at seeing it.”

Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,980 words)

The Breakup Museum: Archiving the Way We Were

Essayist Leslie Jamison visits the Breakup Museum in Zagreb, Croatia — created in 2003 after founders Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić ended their relationship — and considers what stories are told by the objects we shared with former loved ones.

Published: Feb 14, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,793 words)

The New Berliners

After one Syrian family settles in Berlin, a whole new struggle begins: adjustment.

Published: Apr 10, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,154 words)

The Quality of Life Report, 2017

A personal essay by author Meghan Daum in which she describes her trepidation around the re-issue of her 2003 debut novel, The Quality of Life Report. The book–about a New York television reporter who moves to the midwest–pokes fun at liberals, coastal elites and P.C. culture, and makes jokes about gender, race and class, all of which might not be as easy to get away with in the tense political climate of 2017.

Published: Apr 18, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,557 words)

Sovereignty Under the Stars

Large, high elevation telescopes allow scientists to conduct important research into the birth of the universe, but one proposed telescope on a sacred mountain instigated a loud public debate in the long-standing one about whether the US should return Hawaii to the native Hawaiians, and who owns what.

Published: Jan 2, 2017
Length: 29 minutes (7,488 words)