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Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
"I also think that people assume that women do this casually — that they’ve known they were pregnant for thirty weeks and then were on their way down to the hair salon and they saw the abortion clinic and they decided to just walk in to avoid the inconveniences of motherhood. That also is completely untrue. No matter how available birth control and first-trimester and second-trimester abortion is, you are always going to have the need for later abortions. A woman would never do this casually."
Source: The Hairpin
Published: Sept. 20, 2013
Length: 11 minutes (2865 words)
Is Infidelity A Search for Identity? On Coupling: An Inventory
On a friend’s porch, someone has left behind a deer skull, beautifully intact, antlers and all, inside a wood crate set up against the wall. I consider the dead skull, the solid antlers, which won’t age for ages, which won’t die. The hollow sockets where eyes once looked for grass, the empty caves where a nose once bent to dirt. This deer must have lived in the woods behind here, in the fir and madrone, on the hillside taking a bed for its children, laying down in nights cold and rainy like this one. It makes me think about the wild in us all, how it stays tight, how we manage it or don’t, how we are animal in our marrow, our depth, our desire for sex as natural as the instinct to build a home, to shelter, to protect.
Published: Oct. 20, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5129 words)
Becoming One of the World’s 65 Million Refugees
Majid Hussain keeps having to run. An excerpt from Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis.
Published: Oct. 3, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5452 words)
Welcome to Rao’s, New York’s Most Exclusive Restaurant

A behind-the-scenes look at a 120-year-old institution as it tries to preserve - and expand - its identity.

Author: Alex Witchel
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Oct. 10, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3312 words)
The Wall Is a Fantasy
Separating fact from fiction in the plan to build an impenetrable barrier along the Mexican-American border.
Author: Declan Walsh
Published: Oct. 14, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2436 words)
A Kink in the Hyperloop
In 2013, Elon Musk put together a detailed proposal for a futuristic 35-minute San Francisco—L.A. commute. The idea was open-sourced, and enthralled by Musk's vision, a venture capitalist named Shervin Pishevar started a company to bring a version of the idea to life. Like many Silicon Valley stories, this one would contain speed bumps and internal turmoil.
Published: Oct. 18, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5248 words)
Making Sense of Life In the Death Zone
I was just a few hours shy of the Earth’s summit and feeling deceptively strong. My blood was turning to sludge; my brain and lungs were slowly swelling as my heart pounded against my chest. I was dying, but I felt inspired. Optimistic even. I was three hundred metres into the Death Zone, yet still hours away from my goal.
Source: The Walrus
Published: Oct. 19, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1964 words)
What I Learned About Love While Getting High
Veteran HIV/AIDS reporter and Christodora author Tim Murphy’s devastating recollection of a drug addled love affair he had with an older gay couple in the wake of 9/11.
Author: Tim Murphy
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Oct. 15, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3595 words)
Stay and Resist
Unlike many of her white Southern literary contemporaries, the writer Lillian Smith ignored easy magnolia-scented tropes in her work in order to confront the divided, racially charged heart of the American South.
Published: Oct. 13, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6454 words)
Bernie Looks Ahead
In an in-depth interview, Sanders offers a candid and passionate assessment of Trump, Clinton, and the future of his movement.
Author: Eric Bates
Published: Oct. 17, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6523 words)
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