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A Nun’s Reminder of Mortality, a Hard-Won Love Story and America’s First Black Female Jockey: The Week in Narrated Articles

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from around The New York Times, read aloud by the reporters who wrote them.

Since 2017, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble has made it her mission to revive the practice of memento mori, a Latin phrase meaning “Remember your death.”

The concept is to intentionally think about your own death every day, as a means of appreciating the present and focusing on the future. It can seem radical in an era in which death has become — until very recently — easy to ignore.

Written and narrated by Kurt Streeter

When you speak with Maya Moore and her husband, Jonathan Irons, a single word comes up with the constancy of a drumbeat: freedom.

Moore, the 2014 W.N.B.A. M.V.P., is reveling in married life and continuing a fight for criminal justice reform alongside her husband, whom she married after helping him win his release from prison after 23 years.

“It’s a miracle that we’re sitting here together,” Moore said as she and Irons spoke to Kurt Streeter over a video call. “I mean, there’s no glass between Jonathan and me, no chains, no security guards walking around. A miracle.”

Written and narrated by Sarah Maslin Nir

Fifty years ago, Cheryl White was just 17 years old when she became America’s first licensed Black female jockey. She was a phenomenon in her day, interviewed by newspapers and on TV and featured on “What’s My Line?” the hit quiz TV show.

But today, White’s story is not one of triumph but of continued marginalization. Why doesn’t the world know her name?

Written by Somini Sengupta, Catrin Einhorn and Manuela Andreoni | Narrated by Somini Sengupta

With a million species at risk of extinction, dozens of countries are pushing to protect at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and water by 2030. Their goal is to hammer out a global agreement during negotiations planned for later this year.

But many people who have been successfully protecting nature for generations won’t be deciding on the deal: Indigenous communities and others who have kept room for animals, plants and their habitats, not by fencing off nature, but by making a small living from it.

Manifestation is an eons-old variant of positive thinking. Now, the practice of manifesting — or at least the term that describes it — has re-entered the mainstream.

Alongside a smattering of belief systems — astrology, tarot, paganism and their metaphysical cousins — it is being resurrected by a youthful generation in the name of wellness.



The Times’s narrated articles are made by Parin Behrooz, Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Aaron Esposito, Claudine Ebeid, Elena Hecht, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Anna Martin, Tracy Mumford, Tanya Perez, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and John Woo. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.

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