The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs

Getting a prescription for a psychiatric drug is pretty easy. Hell, getting prescriptions for multiple psychiatric drugs is pretty easy. Understanding where you stop and the drugs start, and getting off of them when they’re not actually serving you — that’s the hard part.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,024 words)

What Does It Mean to Die?

Though she was declared brain-dead by the hospital that treated her, Jahi McMath has remained on a ventilator for four years. Her family and a neurologist argue that she’s still very much alive, challenging the long-held notions of what it means to be dead.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 29, 2018
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

Julie Belshe had thought her parents had been kidnapped: Their house in Clark County Nevada was locked and dark, and they didn’t answer their phone for days. She discovered they had been removed from their home and taken to an assisted living facility, their possessions were sold and their money confiscated. It wasn’t a mistake. It was the law.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 4, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,200 words)

The Trauma of Facing Deportation

Faced with a terrifying past and an uncertain future, young refugees in Sweden are taking to their beds with uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, “an illness that is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 28, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,700 words)

How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary

A profile of Albert Woodfox, a man originally sentenced to 50 years in prison for robbery. A member of the Black Panthers and the Angola 3, Woodfox spent over four decades in solitary confinement, despite a stunning lack of evidence against him in a prison murder.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 16, 2017
Length: 45 minutes (11,296 words)

Mother for Hire

A searing look at the lives of the immigrant women who tend to the needs of others.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 11, 2016
Length: 34 minutes (8,580 words)

The Death Treatment

A Belgian law allows people suffering from terminal illnesses and severe psychological disorders to seek euthanasia, but the line becomes gray for non-terminal patients.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 15, 2015
Length: 35 minutes (8,769 words)

Your Son Is Deceased

An examination of police misconduct in Albuquerque, New Mexico—a city with one of the highest rates in the country of fatal shootings by police.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 26, 2015
Length: 33 minutes (8,359 words)

Wrong Answer

Facing increased pressure to perform on standardized tests, a group of Atlanta teachers begin cheating. “After more than two thousand interviews, the investigators concluded that forty-four schools had cheated and that a ‘culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation has infested the district, allowing cheating—at all levels—to go unchecked for years.’ They wrote that data had been ‘used as an abusive and cruel weapon to embarrass and punish.’ Several teachers had been told that they had a choice: either make targets or be placed on a Performance Development Plan, which was often a precursor to termination.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 14, 2014
Length: 35 minutes (8,962 words)

A Valuable Reputation

The Biologist Who Took On Syngenta, and Their Campaign to Discredit Him:

Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, and during that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. The company documents show that, while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta was studying him, as he had long suspected. Syngenta’s public-relations team had drafted a list of four goals. The first was “discredit Hayes.” In a spiral-bound notebook, Syngenta’s communications manager, Sherry Ford, who referred to Hayes by his initials, wrote that the company could “prevent citing of TH data by revealing him as noncredible.” He was a frequent topic of conversation at company meetings. Syngenta looked for ways to “exploit Hayes’ faults/problems.” “If TH involved in scandal, enviros will drop him,” Ford wrote. She observed that Hayes “grew up in world (S.C.) that wouldn’t accept him,” “needs adulation,” “doesn’t sleep,” was “scarred for life.” She wrote, “What’s motivating Hayes?—basic question.”

Source: New Yorker
Published: Feb 10, 2014
Length: 35 minutes (8,806 words)