I almost forgot about this one! It’s a story that I listened to a month ago, early in my self-isolation, which now seems ages ago.
Remember the ads for Amazing Live Sea Monkeys in comic books when you were a kid? Being a kid, it never occurred to me that Amazing Live Sea Monkeys—whether they were real or fake—were somebody’s business. They were, and apparently the sea monkey business was a good business.
New York Times reporter Jack Hitt wrote a story about the battle over the sea monkey fortune. It’s like a movie. It gave me the same sense of wonder as “The Shrink Next Door:” why are we like this? Humans are deeply weird.
Listening to Jack Hitt read his story in his basement is a half hour well spent, particularly if you are knitting. (You’re not in his basement. He’s in his basement.)
If you want to see the pictures (of course you do), click the link on the podcast page to the story in the New York Times.