The Inevitable, Intergalactic Awkwardness of Time Capsules
"It’s easy to make fun of time capsules, but, as Jarvis details, it’s much harder to fill them with the kind of material that will actually stand the test of time. Often, the things we tuck away for posterity are embarrassing or boring. Sometimes, they're much worse—racist, bigoted, wrongheaded. Most take that old adage about the winners writing history to its logical conclusion. And they are always, by their very nature, exceedingly presumptuous."
Published: May 25, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4295 words)
The Business of Too Much TV
Today, there are more great shows on television than ever before. This age of Peak TV is reshaping the television industry — and affecting the work of everyone, from actors and writers to showrunners and crew members.
Published: May 18, 2016
Length: 40 minutes (10114 words)
Which Rock Star Will Historians of the Future Remember?
What will the history of rock music look like in 300 years, and which artist best represents the entirety of rock 'n' roll? Chuck Klosterman makes the case for one musician.
Published: May 24, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3762 words)
A Liberated Woman: The Story of Margaret King
Inspired by her governess, the radical feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret King cast aside her immense privilege, cross-dressed as a man to go to medical school, and inspired a new generation of women to push against the rigid conventions of their era.
Published: May 24, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4200 words)
An Index of Other People's Tragedies
Twenty-six tragedies recounted -- one for each letter of the alphabet -- in a mix of the very personal, and the very public.
Published: May 1, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2537 words)
Miracles and Mummeries: Antonin Scalia and American Religion
Catholicism and conservatism on the Supreme Court: “The Constitution that I interpret and apply,” Scalia wrote in 2002, “is not living but dead — or, as I prefer to put it, enduring.”
Published: April 15, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5285 words)
'How We Became a Prison Family'
A new first chapter from author Patricia Engel's novel, The Veins of the Ocean.
Published: May 23, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3331 words)
Ethics and the Eye of the Beholder
A federal civil rights complaint claims that prominent Yale professor Thomas Pogge, a leader in the field of global ethics, has used his influence to manipulate young women.
Published: May 20, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5303 words)
Graduation Day: Five Stories About Commencement
If your commencement speaker disappoints, you can read these beautiful addresses from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ursula K. LeGuin and Joy Ladin.
An Oral History of "An Inconvenient Truth"
The 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary on climate change originated as a slideshow. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the film's director and producers trace the origin story, production, impact, and legacy of the film.
Published: May 21, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5958 words)