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America’s Wild Horses, the AT&T Deal and Fungi That Tells a Story: 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.

The Bureau of Land Management, which is in charge of caring for the nation’s wild horses, created a $1,000-a-head Adoption Incentive Program in 2019 because it wanted to move a huge surplus of mustangs and burros out of government corrals and find them “good homes.” Thousands of first-time adopters signed up, and the bureau hailed the program as a success.

But records show that instead of going to good homes, truckloads of horses were dumped at slaughter auctions as soon as their adopters got the federal money.

Written by Edmund Lee and John Koblin | narrated by Edmund Lee

Just three years after it thundered into Hollywood with grand visions of streaming video on millions of its customers’ cellphones, AT&T is making a stunning retreat with plans to spin off WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery.

The blockbuster deal, announced Monday, will put CNN and the HBO hit “Succession” in the same corporate family as the reality television shows “Flip or Flop” and “90 Day Fiancé.”

It will create the second-biggest media company in the country, by revenue, with a sprawling business that touches on streaming entertainment, movies, sports and cable news.

Written and narrated by Korsha Wilson

Fungi (pronounced foon-JEE) is a cooked yellow cornmeal mixture dotted with tender okra and thinned with chunks of butter. It is a staple on dinner tables and was once a fixture on restaurant menus across the Virgin Islands.

But it is hard to find at newer restaurants, leaving institutions like Petite Pump Room — which has been offering local favorites since 1970 — to keep the dish alive on their menus.

Written and narrated by John Branch

There is a summit. And then there is everything below it. Can close ever be good enough?

Revelations from a team of respected researchers have thrust that question into the open like never before, putting special attention on the world’s highest mountains and most acclaimed climbers.

By asking a simple-sounding question — what is the summit? — the researchers are raising doubts about past accomplishments and raising standards for future ones.

The Morton Cranial Collection, assembled by a 19th-century physician and anatomist, Samuel George Morton, consists of some 1,300 skulls gathered from around the world. It provided the foundation for Mr. Morton’s influential but racist theories of differences in intelligence among races.

Recently, shortly after the release of outside research indicating roughly 14 other skulls had come from Black Philadelphians taken from pauper’s graves, the museum announced that the entire collection would be opened up for potential “repatriation or reburial of ancestors,” as a step toward “atonement and repair” for past racist and colonialist practices.



The Times’s narrated articles are made by Parin Behrooz, Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Claudine Ebeid, Aaron Esposito, 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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