The Price of Admission

This jaw-dropping story from Rachel Aviv starts as one of an abused child overcoming the odds against her, and ends with elite, monied institutions accusing her of lying:

Norton, with whom Mackenzie had been living for nearly a year, told me, “I cannot avoid the sense that Mackenzie is being faulted for not having suffered enough. She was a foster child, but not for long enough. She is poor, but she has not been poor for long enough. She was abused, but there is not enough blood.” Penn had once celebrated her story, but, when it proved more complex than institutional categories for disadvantage could capture, it seemed to quickly disown her. Norton wrote a letter to Gutmann, Penn’s president, warning that the university had been “made complicit in a long campaign of continuing abuse.” Norton says that Gutmann did not respond.


Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 28, 2022
Length: 42 minutes (10,600 words)

The Unravelling of a Dancer

Sharon Stern devoted herself to Butoh. Did her mentor lead her down a dangerous path?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 30, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,317 words)

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)