Hunter Biden’s Memoir, Translating Amanda Gorman and Learning to Love Cardboard: The Week in Narrated Articles

Take out your headphones, put down your phone and listen to New York Times journalism narrated by the reporters who wrote the story.


Written and narrated by Elisabeth Egan

Elisabeth Egan describes Hunter Biden’s memoir, “Beautiful Things,” which will be released on April 6, as “equal parts family saga, grief narrative and addict’s howl.”

In this narrated article, she breaks down what readers will learn from a book that doesn’t beat around the bush.

Written and narrated by Alex Marshall

Should a white writer translate a Black poet’s work?

For many, Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb” was the highlight of President Biden’s inauguration. In Europe, there has been an argument brewing about who has the right to translate the poet’s work — sparking conversations about identity, language and diversity in a proud but often overlooked segment of the literary world.

Written and narrated by Ginia Bellafante

On March 20, Mary Lu Bilek, the dean of City University of New York law school, sent an email to students and faculty with the subject line, “Apology.” The email explained the circumstances of her sudden departure from the school: Iin a discussion about race and tenure last fall, she had likened herself to a “slaveholder.”

On the face of things, it seemed as though Ms. Bilek had been lost to the maw of cancel culture. The reality may be something more complex.

Written and narrated by Tomás Q. Morín

As a child in the 1980s, Tomás Q. Morín realized that he could fashion a toy he coveted — a replica wrestling championship belt — out of cardboard.

The pandemic, with its many online deliveries, has made cardboard ubiquitous. Tomás, now a father, has found himself wondering how to use it to make toys for his quarantined 2-year-old son.

Written and narrated by Maya Phillips

When news of yet another mass shooting in America broke last week, Maya Phillips, a critic at large, started to consider her role in times like this.

“I’m a critic, after all, so when I set my gaze on tragedy, I break it apart and examine the pieces,” she wrote.

“My critical faculty fails me now, as I contemplate the real world, where people are still dying from the pandemic, Asian-Americans are facing ever-present hate and a man with a gun can end the lives of grocery shoppers on a Monday afternoon.”



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