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The United States of Dolly Parton
Oct 14 • 20 min
A voice for working-class women and an icon for all kinds of women, Parton has maintained her star power throughout life phases and political cycles.
The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer
Oct 8 • 14 min
A faraway island in Alaska has had its share of visitors, but none can remain for long on its shores.
Top Dog: An Oral History of ‘Wishbone’
Oct 1 • 53 min
The kids’ television program, helmed by a crop of Texan theatrical talents, landed on PBS 25 years ago.
Herald Speaks to You
Sep 21 • 3 min
Herald turns articles into audio, and reading into listening.
How to Escape From a Volcano Eruption
Sep 19 • 3 min
If you had been in Pompeii in 79 AD, you might have tried to hunker down or escape by sea. This would be a mistake. But there is a way to safety.
The Inside Story of the 25-Year, $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library
Sep 9 • 28 min
Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive, and the caper’s final chapter was just written
The rise and fall of the Bombshell Bandit
Aug 29 • 37 min
In the summer of 2014 an unusual bank robber shocked, mystified and captivated the US. The Bombshell Bandit tells Jeff Maysh her story.
The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Perfume
Aug 28 • 22 min
Sometimes it takes a touch of darkness to create something alluring.
The Wildest Insurance Fraud Scheme Texas Has Ever Seen
Aug 28 • 34 min
Theodore Robert Wright III carried out one of the boldest insurance fraud schemes Texas has ever seen. That was only the half of it.
The man without a name
Aug 20 • 25 min
Robert Ivan Nichols simply disappeared from his average, 1960s Midwestern life — until, using DNA, sleuths uncovered the truth. But were they digging where they shouldn’t have been?
Michael Jordan — A history of flight
May 23 • 72 min
This is the inside tale of Michael Jordan’s deep family history, back to Wilmington, North Carolina, down a tiny stretch of rural Highway 117, where five generations of Jordans came before him.
Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic
Mar 26 • 22 min
The grocer started communicating with its Chinese counterparts in January and was running tabletop simulations a few weeks later. (But nothing prepared it for the rush on toilet paper.)
How Mount Everest became a multimillion-dollar business
Mar 7 • 11 min
Growing crowds have turned the world’s tallest mountain into a valuable commercial asset. But where’s all the money going?
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