Stories

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


The Mender of Lost Hearts

Child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo lead grim lives -- they're forcibly recruited to serve with government forces or rebel troops in a long and bloody civil conflict that's ravaged the region for years.

The Happiness Project: Mrs. Morris

Musician Charles Spearin lives with his family in a lively neighborhood in downtown Toronto. A year ago, Charles decided to invite neighbors and friends over to conduct interviews loosely based around the topic of happiness.

Nocturne

The National Gallery, London, is one of the world's most prestigious art galleries. Every day, thousands of people pass through its doors to look at masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and many others.

The Memory Palace: Lost Pigeons

In this episode of The Memory Palace, the passenger pigeon dwindles from five-billion strong in the first quarter of the 19th Century down to one lonely widow in the Cincinnati Zoo in less than a hundred years.

The Memory Palace: These Words Forever

In this episode of The Memory Palace, Guglielmo Marconi, the Father of Radio, dreams of a super-radio that would allow him to hear every sound ever made. Melancholy ensues.

The How Are You Doing Project

The How Are You Doing Project is an interactive audio experiment that invites anyone and everyone to call an anonymous hotline and respond to the most frequently posed question of them all.

Nina Black

Imagine being so hyperactive and distractible that you can barely keep track of where you are, who you're talking to, and what you're talking about.

Survivors

Tens of thousands of inmates in American prisons live in total isolation. They don't see anyone. They don't talk to anyone. They are completely alone, sometimes for years, in a cell the size of a small bathroom.

The Ashes of Oakridge

A wildfire swept through Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, California in November 2008, destroying more homes, and displacing more families, than any California blaze in decades.

Listening to Ghosts

In the past, radio was the most ephemeral of all art forms - it slipped by the ear and then vanished into the air forever.

Gone

About 12,000 students drop out of Chicago Public Schools each year despite efforts by administrators and teachers to keep them on track.

Children's America

Imagine an America ruled by children. They staff the post offices, run the schools, oversee the military, and decide on the form of government.

Silent Knight

It's hard enough drumming up public support for saving whales or spotted owls - but what about trying to preserve something less tangible in nature, like the peacefulness of a quiet forest?

The Flickerman (INC)

Cornelius Zane-Gray is being stalked. His girlfriend left him, a good friend was murdered, and he's recently been assaulted, chased, and nearly blown up. Cornelius's life is falling apart, and what's more, it's all being documented through photos posted on the Internet for everyone to see.