A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part I

“We make spaces out of spaces where we were not intended to be. That’s what we do.” This is the first installment in a three-part oral history series on Black Twitter.

Source: Wired
Published: Jul 15, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,399 words)

Two Explorers, an Avalanche and the Front Line of the Climate Crisis

“Disappearing sea ice and the plight of polar bears frequently make global headlines, but the world’s worst warming is also upending the lives of the people, like Strøm, who call these islands home.”

Source: Wired
Published: Mar 17, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,339 words)

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

“The internet is clever, but it’s not always smart. It’s personalized, but not personal. It lures you in with a timeline, then fucks with your concept of time. It doesn’t know or care whether you actually had a miscarriage, got married, moved out, or bought the sneakers. It takes those sneakers and runs with whatever signals you’ve given it, and good luck catching up.”

Source: Wired
Published: Apr 6, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,033 words)

The Untold History of America’s Zero-Day Market

“The lucrative business of dealing in code vulnerabilities is central to espionage and war planning, which is why brokers never spoke about it—until now.”

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 14, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,708 words)

The Case for Cannibalism, or: How to Survive the Donner Party

“In other words, the revulsion to cannibalism is not innate. It’s a societal taboo without a Darwinian explanation (such as incest).3 What sets it apart from other social taboos is its remarkable power. The Donner Party might be infamous for its cannibalism, but more than a dozen members of the party starved to death rather than eat the already dead.”

Source: Wired
Published: Jan 13, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,893 words)

How Many Microcovids Would You Spend on a Burrito?

“Still, the points gave her a structure. It was a way of coping, however imperfectly, with this strange new life she was living. It was, she had calculated, the best she could do.”How Many Microcovids Would You Spend on a Burrito?

Source: Wired
Published: Jan 12, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,992 words)

The Strange and Twisted Tale of Hydroxychloroquine

“What happened with hydroxychloroquine was a debacle, but retelling the story might help avert the same kind of chaos next time around.”

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 11, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,745 words)

Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise

“How an obscure Turkish scientist’s obscure theoretical breakthrough helped the Chinese tech giant gain control of the future. US telecoms never had a chance.”

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 16, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,449 words)

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

A friendly and charming hiker was known on the trail as “Mostly Harmless.” After his body was discovered in a tent in Florida, no one could figure out who he was.

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 2, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,323 words)

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

A false report on Twitter about violent leftist activists traveling by bus exploded into a call to arms. Then a bus, carrying a family and two dogs, rolled into a remote Northwestern town best known as the setting for the Twilight series. Chaos ensued.
Source: Wired
Published: Oct 8, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)