Night Golfing, Megadroughts and Flying Cars: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from around The New York Times, read aloud by the reporters who wrote them.


Written by Andrew Keh and Chang W. Lee | Narrated by Andrew Keh

Night Golf Is Taking Over South Korea

It’s close to midnight, the moon hangs high in the dark night sky, and South Koreans are still outside, golfing.

This is “white night” golf, a nocturnal sports phenomenon in South Korea that reflects the persistent challenges many encounter in nabbing a tee time in the country’s dense cities, and the lengths some will nevertheless go to get one.

Written by Cade Metz and Erin Griffith | Narrated by Cade Metz

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Opener’s Black Fly during a test flight in Central California.Jason Henry for The New York Times

What Is a Flying Car?

Engineers and entrepreneurs have spent more than a decade nurturing a new breed of aircraft: electric vehicles that can take off and land without a runway.

They believe these vehicles will be cheaper and safer than helicopters, providing practically anyone with the means of speeding above crowded streets.

This is a dream, most experts agree, that is a long way from reality. But the idea is gathering steam. Dozens of companies are now building these aircraft, and three recently agreed to go public in deals that value them as high as $6 billion.

Written and narrated by Corey Kilgannon, Sarah Maslin Nir and Annie Correal

Meet the People Who Make New York City’s Summer Hustle Happen

Summer promises to be a long-awaited relief for New York. Vaccines are here, many masks are off and there is a growing sense among some that the city’s inching back to normal.

To many New Yorkers, the hot pavement and once-again-packed beaches mean the return of something else: the summer hustle.

After a stalled season last year, the beach buskers, bait sellers and heladeros embody the spirit of a city scrambling back.

Written and narrated by Ruth Graham

Leaders of an ultraconservative insurgency in the Southern Baptist Convention characterize its president, J.D. Greear, and his newly elected successor, Ed Litton, as moderate, or even progressive.
Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

Southern Baptist Vote Signals Further Fractures in American Evangelicalism

Southern Baptists agree that the Bible is divinely inspired and without error, that belief in Jesus is the only way to Heaven, that women may not serve as head pastors, and that true marriage is between one man and one woman.

On issues of gender and race, however, the denomination is divided over how best to position itself in a fast-changing culture.

Written and narrated by Henry Fountain

What Is a Megadrought?

The Western United States is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts on record. But for a large part of the region, what makes this year different is the severity of the conditions.

Much of the Southwest is in the throes of a megadrought — a period of extreme dryness that lasts for decades. In the case of states such as Arizona, Nevada, Utah and parts of California, Colorado and New Mexico, the drought has lasted two decades.



The Times’s narrated articles are made by Parin Behrooz, Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Claudine Ebeid, 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.