Tasting Brittany’s Iconic Seaweed Butter

From Great Big Story. What’s France without the baguette? And what’s a baguette without creamy, decadent butter? Well, in the northern region of France in an area called Brittany, Jean-Yves Bordier does butter one bit better. Using three different types of seaweed, Bordier’s butter brings a special salty earthiness—one that has won over some of…

The Road to Invention

From Great Big Story. Kommy Waldemariam knows how technology can change the world. As an IBM computer scientist and master inventor, he’s on the front line of the change revolution, harnessing the power of computing to tackle problems, big and small. Sometimes, that change starts right at home. Kommy has over 100 patents to his…

Trying Utah’s Pickle Pie

From Great Big Story. You might like the heartiness of apple pie, or the sticky sweetness of a slice of pecan, but if you want something fresh, original, with a bit of a punch, why not try Bicknell’s famous pickle pie. Three hours south of Salt Lake City sits the town of Bicknell, Utah, home…

Making Waves and Breaking Barriers

From Great Big Story. From the time she could walk, Sasha Christian has been riding waves. She discovered her love of wakeboarding at the age of five and has been testing the limits of the sport ever since, earning the title of Singapore’s National Wakeboard Champion four years in a row. Now, the homegrown darling…

These are the Brave People Protecting the Wild

From Great Big Story. Take a journey across the United States with wildlife biologist Wes Larson as he connects with young conservationists fighting to protect the wild. From the Florida everglades to the waters off of Santa Cruz, Larson meets those on the front line of conservation, protecting and helping our furry, feathered, scaled and…

Paris’ Traveling Knife Grinder

From Great Big Story. Thierry Coursier had a good life as a logistics worker. His salary was great, his work was comfortable and he sat at a desk all day. But, Thierry wasn’t happy. He gave up his 9-to-5 to chase his dream of becoming a traveling knife grinder. Traversing small roads through Paris, Thierry…

Why This Olympic Swimmer Left Medicine for MMA

From Great Big Story. From representing Singapore in the 1992 Olympics to completing a medical degree, May Ooi has lived many lives. Did we mention she’s also a successful mixed martial arts fighter who’s helping to grow Singaporean sports culture? Get to know this incredible, motivated woman who knows that you’re only as good as…

The Mystery Behind This Swedish Cheese

From Great Big Story. Västerbottensost is a creature of habit—make that a *cheese* of habit. It’s been crafted for over a hundred years in the same factory in the same Swedish village, using milk from the same area. Any attempt to recreate it elsewhere has flopped. Its creators themselves confused, Västerbottensost holds a lingering mystery:…

The Best Baguette in Paris

From Great Big Story. Each morning, under cover of darkness, Mahmoud M’seddi makes a special delivery to a distinguished Parisian address. As the 2018 winner of an elite competition to determine the city’s best baguette, he has the honor of baking fresh bread for President Emmanuel Macron. It’s an accomplishment Mahmoud attributes to many long…

The Best Baguette in Paris

From Great Big Story. Each morning, under cover of darkness, Mahmoud M’seddi makes a special delivery to a distinguished Parisian address. As the 2018 winner of an elite competition to determine the city’s best baguette, he has the honor of baking fresh bread for President Emmanuel Macron. It’s an accomplishment Mahmoud attributes to many long…

The Death-Defying Climb for Honey

From Great Big Story. Twice a year, about 80 miles outside Kathmandu, Nepal, villagers from Bhujung embark on a centuries-old quest. Enduring bee stings and hanging from handmade rope ladders, Madan Singh Gurung and his fellow honey hunters defy death to gather precious liquid gold. It’s a tradition that links past and present—one Madan feels…

Meet the Long Nail Goddesses

From Great Big Story. At First Zion Hill Baptist Church, everybody is somebody. First Lady Tammy Dunmore is somebody who rocks long nails and fascinators, rather than the short nails and big hats typically associated with pastors’ wives. Every week, Tammy visits long nail technician Maria Ortiz, who provides stunning, intricate work and a place…

Aging With Grace in the Bronx

From Great Big Story. During the Holocaust, Jackie Kimmelstiel had one lipstick. She was a teenager at the time, and the small bit of makeup made her feel beautiful. Now at 91, Jackie gets her hair done every two weeks at the Riverwalk Salon, part of her independent living community in Bronx, NY. For Jackie…

Hawaii’s Long Legacy of Lei Making

From Great Big Story. In Hawaii, there’s no better way to say and share aloha than with a lei. The floral craft, which dates back to traditional times, may seem straightforward to outsiders, but it comes in many forms created across the Islands. Travel to the island of Oahu, where three master artisans want to…

How a News Anchor Broke the Unspoken Dress Code

From Great Big Story. There’s an unofficial dress code for women in local news: form-fitting dresses, smooth hair, sleek makeup. As a green reporter, Jana Shortal thought looking the part was the only route to landing the stories she desperately wanted to tell. For 15 years, she felt like she wore a costume to work.…

How Tattoos Help These Women Ink Their Own Stories

From Great Big Story. For Shanzey Afzal, a tattoo is a declaration of self—not a cry for help. Raised in a conservative Muslim family that eventually disowned her, the Brooklyn-based artist embraced her belief that tattoos and her faith could coexist and never looked back. At her Ink Minx studio, housed in a 1963 Shasta…

SHINE | A New Series From Great Big Story

From Great Big Story. Beauty is more than how we look and what we do, it’s how we reveal ourselves to the world, the authentic voice we discover within and the story we tell about ourselves. From a retirement community in the Bronx to a TV studio in Minneapolis, our latest series follows women who…

Move and Groove to Colombia’s Music Sensation

From Great Big Story. The Colombian group Ghetto Kumbé puts on a show you’re unlikely to forget. It’s an experiment, a ritual and an ode to the band’s diverse Colombian roots. Combining traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms with the aesthetics of electronic music, Ghetto Kumbé sonically unites the country from its Pacific to Caribbean coasts.    This Great Big Story…

Fishing and Eating Like Ancient Hawaiians

From Great Big Story. Gargantuan luau dinners and Hawaiian pizza have nothing to do with authentic Hawaiian cuisine. Originally a simple diet based around root starches and fish, chefs in Hawaii are combating clichés and crafting Hawaiian menus that are more in harmony with those of their ancestors. Mark “Gooch” Noguchi is one such chef.…

This California Prison Teaches Inmates to Dive Deep

From Great Big Story. At the California Institution for Men, a state prison in Chino, there’s a program that trains inmates to dive deep. Here, at the on-site Marine Technology Training Center, students study commercial diving both underwater and in the classroom. Founded in 1970, the 18-month course has graduated hundreds of men—many of whom…

How Chicano Lowrider Culture Found a Home in Japan

From Great Big Story. In 1987, Junichi Shimodaira fell in love. He was visiting the United States for the first time when he spotted a car driving low and slow in Southern California. Steadily, Chicano car clubs—an outlet for cultural and political expression that dates back to the 1940s—won Junichi over. At his Paradise Road…

Playing Instruments Made From Ice

From Great Big Story. Tim Linhart was sculpting ice in Colorado when he decided to try something new: creating a giant, frozen violin. When a friend jokingly asked how Tim thought his violin would sound, it sparked an idea. Why not make an entire, functional orchestra out of ice? That was 21 years ago. These…

Inside Yemen’s Hand-Carved Rock Palace

From Great Big Story. Just ten miles away from Yemen’s capital city, Dar al-Hajar is a manmade wonder that sits atop a mountain of rocks. Created by Imam Yahya in the 1930s, the palace was the summer home and royal residence for the then ruler of Yemen. The palace, which boasts traditional Yemeni architecture, is…

How Alan Alda Is Helping Scientists Translate Jargon

From Great Big Story. Scientific language can be difficult to parse through for anyone not well-versed in the field. That’s where acclaimed actor Alan Alda comes in. Through the Alda Center for Communicating Science, he’s helping experts better communicate their work, using practices and techniques from improv comedy. This Great Big Story was made possible…

Recreating Soviet Military Tanks

From Great Big Story. The sight of a 13,000-pound military tank headed your way might be anxiety inducing, but if Sergey Akimov is driving, you’ll be just fine. His life-size, drivable models shoot confetti instead of amo and are built out of reverence for Russian military history. Step inside the workshop where Sergey and friends…