Listen: Saving Elephants in Zambia, Serial’s New Episode, ‘The Sound of Music’


Each week, we share the best of new audio journalism and storytelling.

Hey Audio fans, hope you’re staying cool out there. We have a bounty of audio riches to get you through the week.

But first, tune into Episode 3 of Serial’s chilling new series, The Retrievals, out today.

Then, travel to Zambia on a story about the author of “Where the Crawdads Sing” and revisit the final moments of the Titan submersible. Hear sharp perspectives on A.I., and what it takes to make a Barbie movie. Also, Melissa Clark joins us from Cooking to scrutinize your pantry essentials.

Enjoy the week!

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Before her hit novel, Delia Owens was a powerful figure in wildlife conservation.
By Ruth Maclean, Collins Chilumba Sampa and Gulshan Khan

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the retrievals by Serial

The patients watch as the nurse who caused their pain is sentenced.
Hosted by Susan Burton

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A unique and personal take on “The Sound of Music.”
Hosted by Ira Glass

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Photo Illustration by Inez and Vinoodh


Greta Gerwig wanted the movie to be a work of art. “We’re in constant conversation with inanimate objects,” she said.
By Willa Paskin

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Photo Illustration by The New York. Photos by (l-r): Creativ Studio Heinemann; MilanEXPO; Dina Belashova; CalypsoArt; bhofack2; Easy_Asa

Cooking: shorts

Our Food writer shares the items that are in her kitchen at all times, and that should also be in yours.
By Melissa Clark

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A Times columnist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient on affirmative action and student debt cancellation: “It is a backward looking vision.”
By Tressie McMillan Cottom

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It already has, argues Demis Hassabis, chief executive of Google DeepMind.
By Ezra Klein

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Five voyagers hoping to witness the Titanic wreck up close suddenly went eerily quiet.
By John Branch and Christina Goldbaum

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Photographs by Stefan Ruiz

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When he set out to expand his IHOP empire, he didn’t expect to find a gravesite — or start a war.
By Reeves Wiedeman

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