The Pacific Northwest Trail
March 14th, 2019
This is a story I produced last summer for The New Yorker Radio Hour. It’s about a controversy over one of the newest long-distance hiking …
Warriors Zulu Nation Honduras
February 19th, 2019
A day inside the gang-ridden community of Chamelecon, Honduras.
February 5th, 2019
Honduras Part One: A New Caravan
January 20th, 2019
Some of the new caravan before departing from the bus station in San Pedro Sula, …
December 22nd, 2018
Ruth Pena and her daughter, from El Salvador, at the beach in Tijuana. That’s the border wall in the background.
Across the Desert
December 12th, 2018
A sticker on one of the steel columns of the border wall south of Las Cruces, NM.
Casa del Migrante
December 4th, 2018
At Casa del Migrante in Juarez, the wrists of Estela Magdalena Simon Esteban, 23 years …
November 14th, 2018
Immigrants crossing the border near Agua Prieta, Sonora, 2005. Photo by Julian Cardona.
End of Season One: A Walk On the Beach
May 8th, 2018
I need to take a break so let's call this the end of season one. And I'd like to play the second story I produced for the show, an interview with Alex …
Rumble Strip: It's a Podcast
April 27th, 2018
Erica Heilman produces Rumble Strip from her home in Calais, Vermont. I like it because I never know what she's going to do next. This is a satire about modern …
Lick the Crickets by Larry Massett
April 18th, 2018
Collage by Charles Hope
Bear's Ears, Part Six: Industrial Tourism
March 31st, 2018
Which is worse--a campground or an oil well?
Bear's Ears, Part Five: Traditional Ecological Knowledge
March 15th, 2018
Firewood in Monument Valley, collected on Cedar Mesa to heat Navajo homes.
Bear's Ears, Part Four: The Hopi Way
February 28th, 2018
A conversation with Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Hopi elder.
Bear's Ears, Part Three: The Sand Island Petroglyphs
February 13th, 2018
Bear's Ears, Part Two
January 30th, 2018
Bear Ears Buttes in the background. Looking north from the top of Cedar Mesa, San Juan County, Utah. Elevation 7000 feet.
Bear's Ears, Part One
January 16th, 2018
Looking south towards the Navajo Reservation from the top of Cedar Ridge, Utah.
The first in a …
Two More Stories About Mountains
January 1st, 2018
A stitched panorama of the Salt Lake valley, from the north end.
December 6th, 2017
I don't know who took this photo, but it sure is a good one. Maybe it's Thor.
Something to get …
The Bicycle Artist
November 22nd, 2017
One of Grant Petersen's personal bicycles.
An interview with Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycles …
War of the Worlds
October 30th, 2017
This is a Halloween special for people who have not heard the original 1938 CBS broadcast.
Basin and Range
October 22nd, 2017
We Thought It Was a Movie
October 8th, 2017
September 29th, 2017
A short commentary on the protests.
September 1st, 2017
My friend Alex and I try to visit the Utah Data Center, 20 miles south of my house in Salt Lake City.DONATE BY TEXT 801-876-1913
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The Continental Divide, Part Two
July 7th, 2017
I try it again, this time with some respect.The short clip of music in the middle of the story is by the Icelandic group MUM
.The music at the end is a North …
The Continental Divide
June 16th, 2017
The top of the highway through Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Green River
May 26th, 2017
Paul Brennan, Creighton King, and myself at the Green River Lakes in the summer of 1991.
Trump's Wall: Your Neighbor
May 10th, 2017
An undocumented farm worker in New England, USA. Photo by Erica Heilman.
Donald Trump promised to …
Trump's Wall, Part Two
April 21st, 2017
The opening of Santa Elena's Canyon, Big Bend National Park. The left side of the canyon is in Mexico, the right side is in the United States.
Trump's Wall, Part One
April 6th, 2017
The Rio Grande in Bend Bend Ranch State Park, Texas, just west of Big Bend National Park.
My First Radio Story
March 15th, 2017
I-10, Texas, 1983
This is how I started producing stories for public radio in 1983. I was …
It's All Over Now
February 23rd, 2017
photo by CNBC
Who is this …
What's Happening at Standing Rock: An Interview with Jenni Monet
February 16th, 2017
Photo from jennimonet.com. (Her name is misspelled in the photo.)
On February 8th, the Army Corps …
i thought i'd throw out this idea and see if it has legs
February 8th, 2017
drawing by Creighton King
I started to work on a new story, then decided to change tactics.
Listening to the Winners
January 19th, 2017
Donald Trump is a manifestation of our collective fear and anger. We created him. This show …
January 3rd, 2017
This story originally aired on This American Life in 1996, but there's a new rant at the end. Music: White Rabbit by Grace Slick, performed by …
Standing Rock, Part Three
December 19th, 2016
Thousands of veterans join the Water Protectors, and the Army Corps of Engineers denies the permit for the pipeline to go under the Missouri …
Standing Rock, Part Two
November 29th, 2016
The Missouri River at Lake Oahe, one mile downstream from the proposed crossing of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Standing Rock, Part One
November 23rd, 2016
A water protecter, near Mandan, North Dakota.
The battle at the bridge, November 20, 2016.Music by
The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly, Part Three
November 7th, 2016
The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly, Part Two
October 25th, 2016
Courtesy of Bradley Orsted
In this episode, the scientific arguments surrounding the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear.Books …
The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly
October 13th, 2016
Upper Paradise Valley, Montana.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to take the Yellowstone grizzly bear off the …
September 7th, 2016
The End of Hope: Outside the DNC
August 20th, 2016
What if you threw a protest against …
Cleveland RNC Part 2
August 12th, 2016
Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio
The RNC in Cleveland …
Opening Day Outside the RNC in Cleveland
August 5th, 2016
Sean Whitty and Christopher Traviano.
I went to the Republican and Democratic conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia to …
After Thinking About What To Do
July 9th, 2016
Trent Harris wonders 'what the fuck?' at a gun shop in Salt Lake City.
In a few days I'm getting in my car and driving to …
June 27th, 2016
William Thomas, Lafayette Park, Washington D.C., 1984
Interviews with people occupying Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. in …
Why People Vote for Hillary Clinton
June 11th, 2016
Hillary Clinton speaking June 4, 2016, in the Thomas Edison High School gymnasium, Fresno, …
Trump and Sanders in South Bend: Part Three
May 19th, 2016
Trump and Sanders in South Bend: Part Two
May 12th, 2016
Shortly before the Indiana primaries on May 3, 2016, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders spoke in South Bend. In this episode I interview people waiting in line to hear Donald …
Trump and Sanders in South Bend, Indiana
May 7th, 2016
Both candidates were speaking in the same place, on consecutive days, just before the Indiana Primary last …
My Trip To Palestine
April 21st, 2016
I've heard some people think these maps are not accurate. I think they are accurate enough.
I wrote this story as a way to …
Maybe He Became a Bear: An Interview with Jim Harrison
April 6th, 2016
I don't know who took this photo, but I owe him or her a t-shirt and patch.
I spoke with Jim at Dennis Sizemore's house up …
Prisoner of Zion
March 25th, 2016
Searching for Amnesia
March 22nd, 2016
I'm currently at the Panama Music Festival in Launceston, Tasmania. I was invited to speak about podcasting. So …
One Year Review Meeting
February 25th, 2016
The Iowa Caucus
February 8th, 2016
Two Sanders supporters at the caucus in Dubuque.
Saints of the Last Days
January 28th, 2016
Jim Harmston (photo by the Salt Lake Tribune)
Originally broadcast in …
Absolutely, God Told Us To Do This
January 14th, 2016
Brand Thornton, one of the militia that has taken over the Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon.
The Balkan Route
January 1st, 2016
The final report on the refugee trail, describing how they travel from Athens to Germany.Music: Crossroad Metamorphosis
and Super FM Dub
by Hayvanlar Alemi
On the Ferry from Lesbos to Athens
December 17th, 2015
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On the Isle of Lesbos
December 11th, 2015
Interviews with refugees as they arrive on the beach, having crossed the Aegean Sea in rubber rafts.
Photos by Camilla Q. Madsen
On the Border of Greece and Macedonia
November 24th, 2015
Four days ago, the European Union decided to allow only refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan into Northern Europe, stranding thousands of people at the …
The Refugee Trail
November 14th, 2015
A Somali refugee at the Sandholm Asylum Center outside Copenhagen, Denmark, November 12th, 2015.
The Death of Ruth Tuck: A Docu/Drama
October 30th, 2015
A story for Halloween from the archives (1986). I wanted to …
October 16th, 2015
Donald Trump is in the news a lot, but we don't hear much from his supporters. I figured Nevada was a good place to find some.Music by Merrie Melodies and Looney …
The West Desert
October 2nd, 2015
A story (produced in 1989) about the Great Salt Lake Desert.Music by Pauline Oliveros
from the album "
A Tour of Burned Churches, Parts 1-4 (website version)
September 25th, 2015
College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Knoxville, TN. July, 2015.
A Tour of Burned Churches, Part Four: Warrenville, SC (fixed)
September 21st, 2015
The burned church was cleared away, now only the sign remains. Warrenville, SC, July, 2015.
A Tour of Burned Churches, Part Three: Greeleyville, SC
September 19th, 2015
The burned remains of the church have been cleared away.
Part three, in Greeleyville, S.C., where the cause of the fire was …
A Tour of Burned Churches, Part Two: Macon
September 18th, 2015
God's Power Church of Christ, Macon, Georgia
A Tour of Burned Churches, Part one: Knoxville
September 17th, 2015
College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Knoxville, TN
An Introduction to Charles Bowden
August 30th, 2015
Charles Bowden died a year ago, on August 30, 2014. He was my friend and mentor. I miss him a lot.Order Bowden's books here
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Working for the Friendly Man
August 14th, 2015
There are a lot of Friendly Men. I don't know these jokers.
This story was originally produced by Alix Spiegel and Ira Glass …
The Cooking Show
August 4th, 2015
Chef Milo Carrier, San Francisco, 2015
A cooking adventure in Milo's kitchen in San Francisco.Music at the end by Artie …
The End of the Pleistocene (with Doug Peacock)
July 17th, 2015
Doug Peacock at a graveyard just south of Wilsall, Montana. The Clovis burial site is at the bottom of the hill in the background.
Some Summer Stories
July 3rd, 2015
Simon waterskiing in "Ruben and Ed."
These stories from the Home of the Brave archive have nothing in common, really, except …
June 19th, 2015
An American Life
June 5th, 2015
photos by Erica Heilman
This story was produced by Erica Heilman and Larry Massett for Erica's podcast, Rumble Strip Vermont
Stories from the Green River
May 28th, 2015
Paul Brennan and Creighton King dropping me off at the Green River Lakes, summer of 1991.
Nepal Earthquake--Episode Five
May 26th, 2015
Sujeev Shakya runs a management …
Nepal Earthquake--Episode Four
May 26th, 2015
A short visit to Sankhu, a village nearly obliterated by the earthquake.Music at the end: …
Nepal Earthquake-Episode Three
May 25th, 2015
Dr. Shankar Rai speaks with one of his nurses.
Nepal Earthquake--Episode Two
May 24th, 2015
The second day in Kathmandu, surveying some of the damage.
Nepal Earthquake--Episode One
May 24th, 2015
The Rebel Yell
April 24th, 2015
Covering the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City.Music by the Icelandic group Mum (…
The Cover Up
April 10th, 2015
Najibullah in America
April 3rd, 2015
Najibullah becomes a student, and I become a professor, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.Music: Erik …
March 27th, 2015
A trip to Afghanistan in the fall of 2001.
Music: Erik Satie, Gymnopedie No. 3
Running After Antelope
March 20th, 2015
March 13th, 2015
This story was inspired by the photo-essay book Suburbia
by Bill Owens, a classic text.
February 28th, 2015
A Walk on the Beach
February 27th, 2015
A conversation with Alex Chadwick about working for National Public Radio and nearly dying.Music: Slow …
The End of the World
February 26th, 2015
A friend, an anthropologist, once told me that in the future everybody is going to want to watch home …