The Death Metal Bangers of Botswana

From Great Big Story. When it comes to mosh pits, leather, studs and death metal, Botswana may not be the first place that comes to mind. But in this African country, death metal is thriving thanks to bands like Overthrust. Formed in 2008, Overthrust has become one of the country’s leading acts. Their fans include…

China’s Rich Tradition of Embroidering

From Great Big Story. In the villages of Guizhou, China, there’s a rich tradition of embroidery. For the Miao, it’s not just an art form. It’s a means of communication. There is no written language in Miao culture, so intricate, brilliantly hued embroidery has documented the people’s history and stories for centuries. Meet master embroiderer…

A Hidden Art Form You’ll Flip For

From Great Big Story. Martin Frost is the last working fore-edge painter in the world. Dating back centuries, the delicate art form places intricate scenes on the side of books, cheekily hidden beneath gold gilded pages. The beautiful paintings are only visible to the trained eye, but once you unlock the secret, you’ll find pure…

The Sweet Sound of ‘GOOOAAAL!’

From Great Big Story. “GOOOAAAL!” This effusively long, reverberating howl is a soccer (fútbol!) staple. Long ubiquitous in Latin America, it found its way into the ears of U.S. viewers thanks to sportscaster Andrés Cantor. For the last 30 years he’s delivered passionate play-by-play, landing TV commercials and late-night appearances after calling the 1994 World…

Passing Down Ancient Stories Through Song

From Great Big Story. There’s a saying amongst the Dong ethnic group in China’s Guizhou province: “Eat rice to nourish the body, and sing songs to nourish the heart.” The Dong’s hundreds of songs aren’t simply for pleasure; they’re the preservation of stories that predate written language. From her home of Zaidang Village, one of…

The Birthplace of Bauhaus

From Great Big Story. The Bauhaus Movement, with its clean lines and lack of fuss, has influenced architecture all over the world. But its roots are firmly German. Started at Weimar University in 1919, it later moved to Dessau, about 150 kilometers away. Join us for a two-city tour that includes the very first Bauhaus…

This Woman Sails With a Global Crew

From Great Big Story. Ayme Sinclair is a competitive sailor who wants women of all backgrounds to embrace her beloved sport. She sails with Sweet Caroline, a Connecticut-based team that’s half female and represents eight countries. Inspired by her exceptionally diverse crew, Ayme launched Sailing Noire: a collective Instagram account that celebrates and promotes inclusivity…

Step Inside a Secret Garden Oasis in Vegas

From Great Big Story. Need an escape from the bright lights and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip? Respite awaits at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, conveniently nestled on the Strip itself. This enchanting spot pulls out all the stops in true Vegas fashion, thanks to the work and whimsy of Executive Director of…

The Magic Wheelchairs That Turn Kids Into Superheroes

From Great Big Story. One Halloween, Ryan Weimer’s then-3-year-old son wanted to dress up as a pirate. But his son, who has spinal muscular atrophy, is restricted to a wheelchair. So Ryan fashioned a homemade costume that incorporated the wheelchair as a pirate ship, and his son absolutely loved it. From that idea was born…

The Inmate Teaching Finance Behind Bars

From Great Big Story. Curtis Carroll is simply known as “Wall Street” by his fellow inmates at San Quentin State Prison because of his winning reputation for picking and trading stocks. Currently serving a 54-to-life sentence, Carroll founded the prison’s financial literacy program as a way to better equip and empower inmates. For the past…

The 12-Year-Old Scientist Taking On Flint’s Water Crisis

From Great Big Story. When Gitanjali Rao first heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she wanted to help in any way she could. Now, at only 12 years old, Gitanjali is the proud inventor of “Tethys,” a portable device that detects lead in water. Named “America’s Top Young Scienist,” Gitanjali hopes to inspire…

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?

From Great Big Story. The bicycle kick might be the most difficult move in soccer. Requiring acrobatic prowess coupled with precision and force, only a select few players have been able to turn this play into a successful goal. But where did this move come from? The origins of the bicycle kick have been fiercely…

Bringing a Community Together Through Tacos

From Great Big Story. Keith Garrett went from selling drugs to selling tacos, burritos and quesadillas at his food truck, All Flavor, No Grease. Living on one of the most dangerous blocks in South L.A., Garrett began to bring together all flavors of people over his mother’s famous tacos. Now, he’s helped broker a ceasefire…

Catching Tiny Fish With Tiny Rods

From Great Big Story. Every fisherman today has a big fish story, but in ancient Japan, the tiniest fish was the biggest catch. Tanago fishing is a Japanese tradition dating back to samurai over 200 years ago. A tanago fish can be as small as the nail of a pinky finger; in order to catch…

Don’t Blink: Japan’s Abandoned Sculpture Garden

From Great Big Story. Hidden in the town of Osawano, Japan is a sculpture garden with 800 lifelike statues of Buddhist deities alongside replicas of real people. Commissioned by Mutsuo Furukawa, this collection was recently re-discovered in 2016 by a photographer who stumbled upon the abandoned park. It is said that the people depicted were…

The Brotherly Love That Conquers Triathlons

From Great Big Story. Reaching the finish line of a triathlon isn’t easy. No one understands this more than 12-year-old Noah Aldrich. He’s finished more than 15 triathlons by pushing his younger brother, Lucas, in a racing cart in front of him. Born with a rare neurological condition that renders him unable to walk or…

The Unlikely Origins of the Rearview Mirror

From Great Big Story. The rearview mirror: a trusty soldier in the pursuit of security, a means of scanning for approaching traffic or monitoring backseat mischief. Surely its inventor had safety on the mind! Well, not quite. In 1911, a racer vying to win the inaugural Indianapolis 500 thought adding a rear-facing mirror would give…

These Sapphire Tarantulas Are Losing Their Home

From Great Big Story. This true blue beauty is a gooty sapphire tarantula at the Dallas Zoo. Native to the forests of Gooty, a small town in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, these spiders’ bright coloring comes from tiny hairs that line their body. They are quick and extremely venomous—a single bite can leave…