Buying a Bridge to Bungee Jump

From Great Big Story. The American Dream is different for everyone. For some, it means owning a house. For a group of friends in Kentucky, it means owning Young’s High Bridge. Doug Frutos and his buddies bought the span six years ago. It’s a former railroad bridge that allows them to pursue their passion of…

The Actor With 500 Credits and Counting

From Great Big Story. You’ve definitely seen James Hong’s face before. From “Blade Runner” and “Airplane!” to “The Big Bang Theory” and “Seinfeld,” Hong has racked up over 500 credits. That’s more than any actor living or dead. Born in Minnesota, Hong is of Chinese descent and started acting in Hollywood in the 1950s. He…

The Comic Book Store Championing Diversity

From Great Big Story. Ariell Johnson doesn’t wear a cape. But to many comic book fans and artists, she’s a superhero. Johnson is the first black woman to own a comic book shop on the East Coast. Her Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia sells comic books like “Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer” and “The Almighty…

She Is Risking Her Life to Be a Journalist

From Great Big Story. Afghanistan is a dangerous place for journalists to work, especially women. Journalists are harassed, terrorized and murdered in this war-torn country. But Khalida Rashid won’t be deterred from pursuing her profession. She covers politics and news for Zan TV, the country’s first all-female news network. Rashid hopes to pave the way…

The Battle for Equality in Corporate America

From Great Big Story. In the early 1990s, a group of gay and lesbian employees at P&G in Cincinnati banded together to fight for equality in their workplace. It seemed like an impossible dream—while P&G was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to add “sexual orientation” to its EEO (equal employment opportunity) statement in…

How This Interabled Couple Lives and Loves

From Great Big Story. He’s quadriplegic. She’s able-bodied. Meet Cole and Charisma. They’re an interabled couple. They live, love and laugh like the rest of us. But when people see them together, many assume Charisma is Cole’s nurse or caregiver. Some stare and whisper. Rather than retreat from public view, this Virginia pair began vlogging…

Four Stories About Dogs

From Great Big Story. Dogs. What more do we need to say to entice you? If you love dogs, you will love this reel. First up, we’ll take you to photographer William Wegman’s studio to see how he gets his Weimaraners to pose for him. Next, we’ll introduce you to Piper, a border collie who…

It Looks Like a Photo, But It’s a Drawing

From Great Big Story. You’re not alone if you do a double-take when you see one of Arinze Stanley’s drawings—his portraits are so lifelike, they are often mistaken for photographs. The Nigerian-born artist has no formal training and works with charcoal and graphite pencils, capturing everyday people and their emotions in extraordinary detail. Arinze uses…

The Most Detailed Paper Plane in the World

From Great Big Story. Luca Iaconi-Stewart can spend years making a paper plane. That might seem like a long time, but his paper planes aren’t made from a single sheet of paper, and they aren’t your average paper planes. This meticulous designer crafts astonishingly detailed replicas of 777 airplanes using manila folders, glue and an…

This Bra Screens for Breast Cancer

From Great Big Story. When you catch breast cancer early, you have a 95 percent survival rate. But many women under the age of 40 don’t have mammograms because of the cumulative effects of radiation. That’s where EVA comes in. They have developed a bra that can detect possible breast abnormalities in women of all…

This Chorus Is Embracing Every Voice

From Great Big Story. In choral music, the gender binary is all too often in effect—men are expected to have deep baritone voices, while women are expected to have higher pitched sopranos. And if you are a singer who is trans or non-binary, that spectrum can feel isolating. But the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus is…

Be Yourself, and Happiness Will Follow

From Great Big Story. No matter who you are, you can follow the pack, or you can be yourself. In this reel about the LGBTQ community, you’ll meet a news anchor who maxed out her credit cards and made herself miserable trying to look the stereotypical part of a woman on television, a family that…

Making Vodka From Sheep

From Great Big Story. Ryan Hartshorn’s family runs a sheep cheesery in Tasmania. But it wasn’t enough for Ryan to simply make cheese. He aspired to make vodka, too, using the whey leftover from the cheese-making process. Vodka? From sheep’s whey? But how? Never been done before, but Ryan figured it out, and his boutique…

Five Stories About Australia

From Great Big Story. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb #Australia #Travel #Adventure This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and let us connect you to some of the most peculiar, stirring, extraordinary, and distinctive people in the world. Got a story idea for us? Shoot us an email at hey [at] GreatBigStory [dot]…

This Chef Adds a Mexican Touch to Southern Cuisine

From Great Big Story. Eddie Hernandez is living the American dream. He came to the United States as a teenager with only $140. Today, he is the co-owner and executive chef of Taqueria del Sol, a string of restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee. The secret to his success? Eddie blends the flavors of the American…

Five Super Fans You Have to Meet

From Great Big Story. There are fans, and there are super fans who will go to any lengths for the team, game, TV show, whatever it is they love. In this reel, you’ll meet a few of the most devoted, including a Toronto Raptors season ticket holder who hasn’t missed one home game in over…

This Band of Hope Makes Music for Day Laborers

From Great Big Story. The band Los Jornaleros del Norte has opened for the likes of Rage Against the Machine and John Legend, but the gigs that mean the most to these musicians are the concerts they play on the street outside a federal detention center in Los Angeles. This detention center holds undocumented workers…

Pride on the Rugby Pitch

From Great Big Story. There are more than 70 gay inclusive rugby clubs around the world. It all started with the Kings Cross Steelers RFC, which was founded back in 1995 with a small group of guys. Today, the London-based rugby club has more than 250 active players—a mix of gay, bisexual and straight men.…

The Teenage Women Changing the Face of Boxing

From Great Big Story. Sandra Tovar trains six days a week, three times a day, and has her eye on winning an Olympic gold medal. At 17 years old, she’s the nation’s number one boxer in her weight class, and she’s training alongside other young women in Fresno, California, who are serious contenders in what…

Dive Into These Five Stories About Swimming

From Great Big Story. Ready to take the plunge? We’ve got five stories about swimming to share, including a trio about swimming with manta rays, whales and even jellyfish; one about a Navy SEAL who swam the entire length of the Mississippi River; and another about an Olympic gold medalist who is teaching kids how…