What Is The Internet Doing To Boomers’ Brains?

“Social media platforms are sucking a generation into a misinformation rabbit hole.”

Source: HuffPost
Published: Oct 29, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,393 words)

Data Disappeared

Over nearly four years, the Trump administration has” defunded, buried, and constrained dozens of federal research and data collection projects across multiple agencies and spheres of policy: environment, agriculture, labor, health, immigration, energy, the census.” This is an accounting of the damage.

Published: Oct 29, 2020
Length: 46 minutes (11,700 words)

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

“Years from now, we will look back in horror at the counterproductive ways we addressed the obesity epidemic and the barbaric ways we treated fat people—long after we knew there was a better path.”

Published: Sep 19, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,450 words)

Generation Screwed

Take an epic journey through the broken safety net, compounded student debt, contracted jobs, zoning, the end of homeownership, and the hollowing out of retirement, all of which have crashed together to create an untenable present and an uncertain future for the millennial generation, which is faced with a crisis of daily living not seen since the Great Depression.

Published: Dec 14, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness

The gay community has made large strides in terms of legal and social acceptance in the last few decades, but the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse among gay men have remained unchanged. Hobbes examines why.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Mar 2, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,888 words)

This Was How Things Ended

An essay about breakups.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 13, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,600 words)

How Mark Zuckerberg Should Give Away $45 Billion

A thoughtful essay on effective philanthropy.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Feb 25, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,697 words)

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

Why boycotting and shopping smarter won’t eliminate sweatshops.

Source: HuffPost
Published: Jul 17, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,079 words)

Stop Trying to Save the World

How the ‘Big Idea’ is destroying international development: “The point is, we don’t know what works, where, or why. The only way to find out is to test these models—not just before their initial success but afterward, and constantly.”

Published: Nov 17, 2014
Length: 24 minutes (6,112 words)

Why Did AIDS Ravage the U.S. More Than Any Other Developed Country?

Examining the methods of AIDS treatment and prevention in the U.S. in comparison with the U.K. and Germany where fewer people die of the disease:

No one knew how severe the epidemic was among drug users until 1984, when the still-under-development antibody test found that 50 percent of drug users in New York City and Edinburgh and 30 percent in Amsterdam were already infected. (Des Jarlais says genetic tests have since shown that the epidemic in Amsterdam originated in New York.)

Here’s where the differences come in. Almost immediately after those first tests, Western European countries installed needle-exchange programs, gave out free syringes, and established opiate-substitution treatment. Germany even got needle vending machines. By 1997, England and Wales were giving out 25 million free syringes per year. Anything to keep the virus from spreading, even if it meant making it a little easier to be a heroin addict that day.

The United States, on the other hand, refused to provide federal funds for needle exchanges or even fund research into whether they were effective.

Published: May 12, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3,893 words)