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Listen to “Food Shift”

Written by CHRISTOPHER D. COOKNarrated by MITCH GREENBERG

California is facing a historic drought. Again. It’s become a familiar refrain, year after year, and the growing climate crisis is only expected...

Tomorrow’s Library

Written by TIM REDMONDNarrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN

In a simple, residential neighborhood in San Francisco sits a former church for Christian Scientists. The building’s white exterior and...

Listen to “A Woodworker’s Tale”

Written by GARY ROGOWSKINarrated by GARY ROGOWSKI

In today’s automated world, why bother toiling with hand tools and sawdust? In his new book, Gary Rogowski—a master furniture maker in Portland,...

Listen to “The California Mirage”

Written by CRAWFORD COATESNarrated by CHRIS EGUSA

The blind spots in the American West’s approach to managing water are on full display in Ventura County, a coastal region of Central California...

Listen to “The Vegetable Detective”

Written by TODD OPPENHEIMERNarrated by Göran Norquist

It’s 2015, and in the health and wellness world, the Kale Craze is in full swing — people are eating, roasting, blending, and juicing it. But one...

Listen to “The Glass Builder”

Written by PEGGY TOWNSENDNarrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN

Ann Morhauser started with nothing but debt in a tiny glassware studio in Watsonville, a coastal community in central California. Now her work is...

Listen to “The Toolbelt Masters”

Written by LORRAINE SANDERSNarrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN

With gumption, insight, and brilliant use of social media, a few guys in Virginia built an operation that makes what could be the world’s finest...

Listen to “The New Sign Painters”

Written by Laura FraserNarrated by Göran Norquist

The commercial signs of yesteryear, which were all painted by hand, offer a kind of beauty, personality, and longevity that today’s industrial...

Listen to “Parts & Recreation”

Written by JEFF GREENWALDNarrated by MITCH GREENBERG

What makes people devote hours to the frustrating task of gluing together pieces so small you have to pick them up with tweezers? And does this...

Listen to “The Perfect Pen”

Written by TIM REDMONDNarrated by CHRIS EGUSA

Fountain pens have always served as the quintessential combination of beauty, tradition, and dexterity. But did you know they’re also tools of...

Listen to “Let Tinkerbell Tinker”

Written by DAVID MUNRONarrated by Göran Norquist

As the economy’s reliance on innovation grows, the offering of toys for girls remains–well, somewhat less than innovative. Fortunately, a...

Listen to “Led by the Nose”

Written by BARBARA TANNENBAUMNarrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN

In a growing number of artisanal shops dotted around the globe, indie perfume artists are bottling a world of scents left untapped by commercial...

Listen to “The Reed Artist”

Written by Rollo RomigNarrated by Göran Norquist

In his quest to meet Turkey’s elusive master of the ney, our contributor spent months searching the cafes and alleys of Istanbul, ...

Listen to “India’s Rug Saint”

Written by CATHRYN JAKOBSON RAMINNarrated by AVANTHIKA SRINIVASAN

Nand Kishore Chaudhary built Jaipur Rugs Co. into a runaway success by working closely with India’s poorest citizens, and by developing an...

Listen to “Real Film Strikes Back”

Written by DAVID MUNRONarrated by Göran Norquist

Against all odds, and despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, old-fashioned, analog, motion-picture film is suddenly making a...

Listen to “The Celluloid Gumshoe”

Written by Barbara TannenbaumNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Eddie Muller has dedicated his life to finding, restoring, and re-releasing lost films of the great Film Noir era of the 1940s and ’50s. His...

Listen to “The New Water Alchemists”

Written by Judith D. SchwartzNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Animals, plants, soil, and air have long collaborated to regulate our climate by stimulating “the water cycle.” They have also helped control...

Listen to “The VW Doctor is In”

Written by Owen EdwardsNarrated by Goran Norquist

In a corrugated tin shed that somehow survived California’s massive fires in Sonoma Valley, Gary Freeman labors to keep old VW Beetles and...

Listen to “The Rawhide Artist”

Written by Andy RieberNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Bill Black has poured his life into refining a simple piece of handmade horse gear called a hackamore. Although the device is rarely used...

Listen to “The Toolbelt Masters”

Written by Lorraine SandersNarrated by Nancy LeBrun

With gumption, insight, and brilliant use of social media, a few guys in Virginia built an operation that makes what could be the world’s finest...

Listen to “The Power of the Scribe”

Written by Bryce T. BauerNarrated by Mitchell Greenberg

Spiritual faith has long been shaped by the lettering on a religion’s sacred texts. This is particularly the case with Judaism, so we visited...

Listen to “The Bug Whisperer”

Written by Kristin OhlsonNarrated by Dinah Berkeley

Mark Sturges doesn’t advertise — clients have to find him by word of mouth, but find him they do. He’s become a master of an agricultural art as...

Listen to “The Bonsai Kid”

Written by Nancy LeBrunNarrated by Avanthika Srinivasan

A young Oregonian believes that he can create a uniquely American form of the Japanese bonsai tree. And he is literally betting the farm on the...

Listen to “The Art of the Joke”

Written by David MunroNarrated by Todd Oppenheimer

When you watch masterful stand-up comics perform, they seem just naturally hilarious. Don’t kid yourself. This is hard work—a craft like making...

Listen to “The Drought Fighter”

Written by Todd OppenheimerNarrated by Todd Oppenheimer

Could a small, controversial farmer in Northern California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world? With gross income...

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