Editors’ Picks


Is Anyone Listening?

Rachel Crooks is one of 19 women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault. She plans to continue telling her story until something changes.

The Great Online School Scam

Students are performing worse than ever, but private companies are making millions.

A Tale of Two Vegases

A personal essay in which Gayle Brandeis recalls two trips to Las Vegas with her mother — the second one while her mother is delusional.

Americans Will Struggle to Grow Old at Home

Most Americans want to live at home in their old age, but our current home-based health care system won’t be able to adequately serve their growing numbers.

An Oral History of Bob Costas Having Pink Eye at the Olympics

A look back at Bob Costa’s eye infection during the 2014 Olympics, which led to Meredith Vieira becoming the first woman to host prime-time Olympics coverage solo and countless memes.

How Protein Conquered America

Protein has come to seem like America’s one safe nutritious snack, but are protein mega-doses in processed food like Muscle Milk really good for you?

The Haunting of Lindsey Jacobellis

There has never been a competitor in the history of snowboard cross like Lindsey Jacobellis, which is why it was all the more shocking that Jacobellis floundered in three consecutive Winter Olympics. To the public, those slip-ups came to define her, and John Branch examines how Jacobellis has succeeded to quiet both the external and internal noise: by working with a mental strength coach whose previous experience came helping financial traders in the high pressure environment of Wall Street.

The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind

Scholars don’t have sufficient ways to fully grieve the losses of not only stable academic jobs, but of life in an academic economy that undervalues their work.

If Farmers Paid for Childcare, Would It Bring Workers Back to the Fields?

When conventional daycare doesn’t align with farm schedules or changing weather conditions, agricultural laborers find themselves between a rock and a hard place: opt out of seasonal positions during an acute labor shortage, or bring their children to work.

The Final, Terrible Voyage of the Nautilus

Kim Wall went for a ride on a submarine, hoping to write a story about a maker of “extreme machines.” She never did. In a search for answers, May Jeong traveled to Denmark to investigate the tragic and senseless murder of her friend — a young journalist in the prime of her life.

Black Disabled Wonder Women Need Love, Too

A personal essay in which Britney Wilson considers the lessons she learned while taking a risk on romance.

The Great Stink

It’s time for men to stop worrying about who they are, and start thinking about what they do.

Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking

Historians of African-diaspora cooking have considered hill rice a mythical, long-extinct staple. Then, one of them stumbled on it while walking in the Trinidadian countryside.

God’s Own Music

A look at the English choral tradition, a form of music that has spread more widely that you’d imagine.

The Breakup Museum: Archiving the Way We Were

Essayist Leslie Jamison visits the Breakup Museum in Zagreb, Croatia — created in 2003 after founders Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić ended their relationship — and considers what stories are told by the objects we shared with former loved ones.

Get Schooled in the No-Nonsense Art of Survival

Eva Holland attended Extreme Polar Training, a school that teaches how to survive what mother nature has to offer 2.5 degrees south of the Arctic circle. In addition to treacherous, bruising ice, it includes temperatures of -40F and wind so cold and strong it gives you a headache before it tries to blow you over. For Outside, she recounts the experience and the final exam — a weeklong 40 mile loop in the frozen Canadian north.

Chicago Is a City Divided by Barbecue

Chicago has more regional fare to offer than char dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. On Chicago’s South Side, hot links and smoked rib tips define its barbecue. Too bad so few people on the North Side know about it.

A Finder, No Longer a Keeper

Jenny Klion tries to make sense of her super power of finding lost jewelry where ever she goes, and reflects on how finding someone else’s engagement ring helped her let go of her own.

The Kid Is All Right: In Defense of Picky Eating

Kitchen karma comes for Irina Dumitrescu when her son turns into the picky eater she used to be.

The Man’s Man’s Kitchen

As American men started cooking more at home, companies started redesigning their appliances to capture their dollars. Unfortunately, insulting gendered ideas about “manly cooking” and women’s “natural way in the kitchen” still underlie this shift to clean steal surfaces and black-matte finishes.