A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

After his father was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, James Vlahos began programming a chatbot that could emulate his father using stories from his life.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 19, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,193 words)

End Pain Forever

Steven Pete has a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to feel pain. Pam Costa has the opposite neurological condition — she feels pain constantly, as if her body is on fire. They both share a genetic link that has helped scientists understand why we experience pain and how to treat it.

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 18, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,961 words)

Chasing the Phantom

The hunt to take down “Slavik,” a notorious Russian hacker who stole millions from U.S. banks and has ties to Russian intelligence.

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,961 words)

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Ruins Lives

Meet the schemers, investors, and dreamers who were bewitched by a big green rock that might not actually be worth anything.

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 2, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,487 words)

The Battle for the Soul of San Francisco

From its economy to its geology, California has always been a place of dynamic upheaval, but as more affluent residents move into San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, tensions rise. One minister’s inclusive, politically charged church not only offers services to the area’s disenfranchised, it helps the Bay’s tech workers get to know their new neighbors and integrate themselves more constructively into the fabric of Tenderloin life.

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 7, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,250 words)

A.: Only Through Death Will You Learn Your True Identity

From Wired’s fiction issue, a story about a man in an institution yearning to live in the real world. We won’t spoil it with any more details.

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 13, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,020 words)

Meet Charpu, the Drone-Racing Megastar Who Doesn’t Feel Like Racing

How Carlos “Charpu” Puertolas became one of the early pioneers of drone-racing, despite his aversion to actually competing.

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 9, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,853 words)

A Swarm of Controversy

In their struggle for survival against killer mites, bees get an unlikely ally: Monsanto.

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 26, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,359 words)

Like. Ghost. Flirt: A Journey into the Social Media Lives of Teens

A fascinating deep-dive into the phones, minds and hearts of five of the most mysterious creatures on this planet: teens.

Source: Wired
Published: Aug 25, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,225 words)

The Unified Theory of Deliciousness

What makes a successful dish? Chef David Chang has a theory.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 19, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,029 words)