They Call It Canaan

In the aftermath of disaster, as new communities thousands-strong coalesce in the countryside around Port-au-Prince, Haitians ask: what makes a city?

Source: VQR
Published: Apr 3, 2017
Length: 29 minutes (7,451 words)

Here Be Dragons: Finding the Blank Spaces in a Well-Mapped World

Maps are how we orient ourselves, and how we donate a place’s value — and by extension, the value of that place’s inhabitance. What does that means for the place still left un-mapped?

Source: VQR
Published: Jan 2, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,925 words)

Fine Dining

One New Orleans man reflects on the many unflattering racial layers of life of his city. “There are four of us. Four African Americans out of 280. One from a class of the early eighties. Two from the nineties. And me representing the 2000s.”

Source: VQR
Published: Oct 1, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,211 words)

Prince of Peace

San Salvador’s upstart mayor, Nayib Bukele, has promised a new way forward for a city besieged by decades of violence. His biggest obstacle, however, may not be the city’s gangs, but the city’s idea of itself.

Source: VQR
Published: Oct 5, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,425 words)

Citizen Canine, Comrade Cow

Thousands of us live and work with companion or service animals — but is it morally acceptable to be breeding animals for human use at all?

Source: VQR
Published: Jul 5, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,446 words)

Night Moves

On the efforts to preserve darkness, a fast-disappearing element in America’s heavily light-polluted skies.

Source: VQR
Published: Jul 5, 2016
Length: 28 minutes (7,010 words)

Cost of Living: Escaping the Maze of Medical Debt

A suicide survivor, the five-figure medical debt that followed her out of the hospital, and her own experience in patient care and hospital billing. What costs are actually necessary?

Source: VQR
Published: Mar 31, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,623 words)

The Reader Is the Protagonist: Exiting a Horror Story

When a husband and wife try to disappear to escape a stalking ex and start a new life with their kids, books help them learn to live out in the open.

Source: VQR
Published: Apr 1, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,180 words)

Devices of Wonder

How an artist named Lauren Bon is reimagining the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Source: VQR
Published: Jul 1, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3,130 words)

Bias in the Box

For capital juries across America, race still plays a role in who gets to serve—and inevitably, who gets sentenced to death.

Source: VQR
Published: Oct 9, 2014
Length: 45 minutes (11,490 words)