Pacific Standard stories, read out loud.
Dairy Disneyland: One Farm's Quest to Save Industrial Agriculture
Is Fair Oaks Farms bringing transparency to large-scale agriculture—or something more like propaganda?
The Hidden Battle Threatening the Future of America's Wild Places
State and federal agencies are warring over who has control of wildlife on public lands, while landscapes get trampled and invasive species obliterate endangered ones.
Inside the Resistance Movement Opposing Daniel Ortega's Trans-Nicaragua Canal
With his trans-Nicaragua canal, President Daniel Ortega dreams of outdoing the Panama Canal. But in the village of Bangkukuk Taik, and across the country, a resistance movement is protecting indigenous culture and the environment—and exposing the grandiose project's ties to a mysterious Chinese businessman.
Mr. Chen's Mountain: Opulence, Prosperity, and the Ever-Widening Gap Between Rich and Poor
The story of a Chinese billionaire who moved back home, setting his mansion down in the middle of his economically depressed ancestral village.
Sailing Blind: How Technology Helps Visually Impaired Athletes Navigate New Waters
At the extreme end of adaptive sports, technology allows visually impaired sailors to compete without the assistance of sighted crewmembers.
The Great, Chaotic Biochar Experiment
Australian plant ecologist Brenton Ladd wants to reengineer the notoriously nutrient-poor soils in the Amazon, and, in the process, save the world's trees. But first, he has to convince Peruvian farmers and non-profits—and occasionally, his own research team—that he's not just another gringo with a strange idea.
What Demolition Derby Reveals About Small-Town Politics and the Trump Apocalypse
There is no single storyline to demolition derby. Unlike a football game, there is no ground to take, no points to score. There is only mayhem and survival.
Cat Fight: Inside the Struggle to Save the Latest Migrants Crossing the U.S-Mexico Border
Jaguars are crossing the border into the United States, causing a stir among scientists, mining interests, and those bent on building a wall.