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Idea/Stories & Literature

So I exaggerate a little – am I wrong to jazz up my stories?

Andrea Askowitz

Essay/Stories & Literature

The real Casanova

His name is synonymous with serial seduction but Casanova's memoirs reveal a man greater than the sum of his ‘conquests’

Laurence Bergreen

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Telling memories

Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Helen Haft


This is your morning

I left the US, the land of my birth, sickened by racial injustice. But the return to a homeland is not a simple matter

Enuma Okoro

Video/Gender & Sexuality

On the examined sex life: a meticulous chronicle of desire and self-knowledge

19 minutes

Video/Stories & Literature

Leonard Cohen turns an erotic fantasy that wasn’t into a sleepless night’s work

6 minutes


For the love of stuff

I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to give them up: they are narrative prompts for the story of my life

Lee Randall


Right on track

If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train

Margarita Gokun Silver


The migrant’s tale

Sure it’s progressive to sympathise with young undocumented migrants, but it also locks them into a victimhood narrative

Sarah Menkedick


Riding the wind

Hot and bothersome or exhilarating and wild: winds blow through the mind as strongly as they blow through the landscape

Karen Emslie

Essay/Family Life

Korean Thanksgiving

‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’

Mary H K Choi

Essay/Demography & Migration


I mourn my beloved uncle’s death in Ethiopia as I mourn my exile. I cannot bury him, but can I bury my loss?

Mohammed Ademo



A remote island, an Arctic expedition, a one-way trip to Mars – what drives our urge to explore the farthest reaches?

Veronique Greenwood


Kinder’s chocolate eggs are banned in the US. Enter the Kinder-egg smuggler

6 minutes


An empire built on playing house: how imagination can change your situation

15 minutes


Hotel Melancholia

Travel is supposed to make us feel more alive, so why is the hotel room a place of such loneliness and despair?

Suzanne Joinson


A young French boy leaves forever the African village that is his home

10 minutes

Essay/Digital Culture

Happily never after

Messy plots, audience participation and uncertain endings: how digital storytelling revives the ancient art of gossip

Katherine May


A conscientious objector

Jacob Bridge is a popular lieutenant in the US Marines who woke up one day with an urgent need to leave the military. Why?

Lyle Jeremy Rubin

Essay/Food & Drink

A sense of Chuck

In memory of Charles Bowden, hard-nosed reporter and avid sensualist, who loved every sight, feel and sip of being alive

Richard Grant


Like a prayer

Even secular people need time out to meditate, reflect, and give thanks. Is prayer the answer?

Heather Havrilesky


American petro-topia

The genius and hubris of plastic has been absorbed by every living thing. Is it a curse or evolution’s next step?

Rebecca Altman

Essay/Digital Culture

Beyond the churn

Junk news is like junk food – a quick bite that fails to nourish. Are slow-burning stories what we really want, and need?

Sarah Smarsh


An English centenarian’s moving friendship with a German POW during World War II

8 minutes


René Burri on a career of turning evanescent moments into indelible photographs

11 minutes


The coward

My husband got the death threat, but I went into hiding. Are some brains wired for courage and others for fear?

Caren Chesler

Essay/Fairness & Equality

Poor teeth

If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

Sarah Smarsh


A man looks back on life with his beloved wife – on the ebb and flow of memories

3 minutes


For an 80-year-old American jazz fan in England, to live is to tap dance

3 minutes

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

The great forgetting

Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven. What are we hiding from ourselves?

Kristin Ohlson