Stories

Our vast - and ever growing - collection contains thousands of carefully curated audio stories of all stripes.


New Orleans' Hurricane Risk

In September, 2002, three years before Katrina devastated America's gulf coast, veteran NPR reporter Daniel Zwerdling investigated what would happen to New Orleans if it fell in the path of a Category 5 hurricane.

Soldiers React to Prison Abuse

When Youth Radio reporters in Oakland, CA, spoke with their friends returning home from Iraq, they realized that the public wasn't hearing the perspectives of these young soldiers.

The Long-Expected Party

This Radio New Zealand documentary explores the construction of the world of The Lord of the Rings through the eyes of the New Zealanders whose "good old kiwi ingenuity" on the film set brought Middle Earth to life.

A Drinking Song

Could The Star Spangled Banner be recast as a drinking song? Holger Mohaupt suggests that in this family, it could.

Dreaming of Fat Men

One evening in 1994, four women came together for a feast. They had never met one another before. As far as anybody knew, they only had one thing in common: they were all obese.

Waiting . . . for Love

This is a playful exploration of Nicholas Longstaff's first forays into the world of relationships, documenting the semantics of falling in and out of love.

The Herrin Massacre

America's history is rich with the stories of antagonistic coal strikes, but the Herrin Massacre of 1922 is a particularly distressing event that resulted in the deaths of nearly two dozen strike-breakers.

Embroidery Felon

Ray Matterson spent the first year of his seven and a half-year jail term feeling angry at the world. Then he found a kind of redemption -- in a pair of socks.

Prey

As producer Rachel Bryant researched seabirds in the remote arctic wilderness of Southampton Island, Nunavut, she began thinking about issues of survival and vulnerability.

The End

Endings in radio used to serve a purpose: they used to signal to a live audience that the time to applaud was near. But this has changed now, prompting Sara Fishko to take a look at the outdated "ending" and to piece together some favorite final moments for a Big Finish.

The House I Live In

The historical saga of the song The House I Live In is a study in changing times, changing values, and fickle politics.

Seratonin Syndrome

Ken Nordine wonders if the warning pamphlets included with many powerful prescriptions may cause some of us to suffer mild paranoia.

Childhood Trains

What is it about train travel that inspires music and memory? And why do people tend to confess their innermost thoughts once they get on board?

A Voice of Warning

A heroin overdose left Jade Bell blind, mute and unable to care for himself. Now Bell tours high schools in British Columbia, where his computerized "voice" speaks a loud warning to thousands of students.

The View From Here

A patient, blinded in an accident, wakes to another day of darkness. Resolved to sidestep the persistent murk of her obscured vision, she turns instead to the world of her imagination and memory, where the everyday patterns of human routine take on a new significance.

Ice Cream Man

Jonathan Goldstein's got a knack for exploring life's great (and simple) mysteries via the telephone.

My T-Shirt Says It All

The T-shirt is a staple of the American wardrobe, worn by pretty much everyone at one time or another. It's a common denominator in a culture marked by differences. But while it's cheap and easy to make, the humble T-shirt shouldn't be underestimated.

Steve the Baker

"Without bread we are all orphans," says the sign that greets customers as they walk into Steve's Bread Shop in Portland, Maine. Meet Steve, who bakes bread in the most traditional way possible: by hand.

Hard-Hearted Hannah

Eighteen-year-old Hannah Hoose describes growing up as a part of her family's folk band, with all its healthy snacks, archetypal psychodramas, and oddly compelling songs.