Narratively Out Loud

Narratively Out Loud
The diverse human storytelling of, spoken out loud.

The Chinese Park Where Senior Citizens Go Looking for Love
Jul 18 • 14 min
In a country where wealth and divorce are increasingly common, older people are preparing for their leisurely retirements—by searching for spouses in a public park.
My Secret Life as The World’s Worst Professional Matchmaker
Jul 15 • 18 min
I don’t know how I landed this job. But the most surprising part is that instead of helping my clients find love, they helped me get out of an abusive relationship.
The Tow Truck Turf War and the Driver Left for Dead
Jul 11 • 13 min
In Pittsburgh, the tow truck business is notoriously cutthroat. This winter, two rivals arrived at the same wreck and the feud crossed a line.
The Curious Case of the Socialite Who Sterilized Her Daughter
Jul 8 • 21 min
Did Maryon Cooper Hewitt want to suppress “bad genes” or steal her child’s inheritance? Their battle over genetics and motherhood riveted the nation in 1936.
The High Priest of Heavy Metal
Jul 3 • 11 min
First he found God. Then he found death metal. But Father Robert Culat believes there’s no reason the two can’t co-exist.
Confessions of a 30-Something Hanson Fanatic
Jul 1 • 15 min
How rediscovering the boy band I obsessed over when I was 12 —and connecting with other super-fans from all over the world—helped me navigate life as an adult.
The Outcasts of Drag Have a New Kind of Queen
Jun 28 • 8 min
As this once fringe cultural scene goes mainstream, women and gender-nonconforming artists like Ata Racks are challenging notions of who can take the stage.
I Spent My Childhood Helping My Mom Sell Dead People’s Junk
Jun 26 • 16 min
I was only 8 when I began working as an undercover security guard at estate sales. Among the dusty trinkets and used shampoo bottles, I learned a lot about human nature.
The Revival of a Bloodthirsty Obsession
Jun 21 • 16 min
Leeches were once a popular medical treatment for everything from headaches to hemorrhages. Now a subculture of true believers is reclaiming this ancient practice.
Secret Life of a Mermaid
Jun 20 • 12 min
Their lavish costumes and group swims provide a community they could never find on land — so much so that they don’t identify as human.
How Starting a Pet Euthanasia Business Saved My Life
Jun 17 • 20 min
I was devastated when I lost my dream job as a mortician. But I found a new sense of purpose guiding pet owners through the worst days of their lives.
The Curse of the Ship of Gold
Jun 13 • 59 min
How a brilliant scientist went from discovering a mother lode of treasure at the bottom of the sea to fleeing from authorities with suitcases full of cash.
History’s Greatest Horse Racing Cheat and His Incredible Painting Trick
Jun 7 • 22 min
In the sport’s post-Depression heyday, one audacious grifter beat the odds with an elaborate scam: disguising fast horses to look like slow ones.
Confessions of an Outsider in Elite Black America
Jun 7 • 12 min
As a scholarship student at a fancy private school, I gained entry to a world few Americans see: rich, privileged and black. I decided I wanted no part of it.
Secret Life of a Children’s Party Princess
Jun 3 • 16 min
I thought a summer job at the Princess Academy would be a carefree escape. But I learned some hard lessons about real life while playing make-believe.
The Real Story of Black Martha’s Vineyard
May 30 • 14 min
Beyond the beautiful beaches and glitzy galas, Oak Bluffs is a complicated community that elite old families, working-class locals and social-climbing summerers all claim as their own.
An Accidental Sailor Vs. the Storm of the Century
May 27 • 21 min
I had zero experience when I signed up for a week at sea on an ancient wooden vessel. I got enough to last a lifetime.
The Book Thief of Monastery Mountain
May 23 • 15 min
When priceless texts began disappearing from a seventh-century hilltop abbey, the police were mystified. They were even more befuddled when they finally caught the culprit.
They’re Fed Up With America’s Racism. So They’re Moving to Africa.
May 20 • 14 min
Ghana’s capital is home to a booming economy, a thriving tech scene, and a growing number of professionals who’ve decided to stop chasing the American dream.
Rapper on the Run
May 16 • 22 min
When Spanish authorities sentenced this provocative musician to prison for “glorifying terrorism,” his dedicated fans helped him make a daring escape across the border.
A Casino Card Shark’s First Time Getting Caught
May 13 • 17 min
As a struggling grad student, I happened upon a lucrative side hustle with an elite team of card-counters—and found the community I’d been looking for.
My Secret Life as a Rogue Romance Writer
May 10 • 11 min
I thought penning steamy books about sex-crazed werewolves was the dumbest job ever. With a little subversion and a huge thesaurus, I learned to love it.
American Doctors Are Reconstructing the Youngest Faces of a Brutal War
May 10 • 16 min
These Syrian children survived attacks that left them burned beyond belief. One program thousands of miles from home is offering them life-changing treatment.