Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

Many preschool teachers earn around just $10 an hour in programs that are chronically understaffed and underfunded. And that’s just the beginning of the problems they face.

Source: New York Times
Published: Jan 9, 2018
Length: 31 minutes (7,923 words)

I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter

“Batali does not specify how tightly to roll the dough. I do so too tightly because fuck everything.”

Published: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 5 minutes (1,400 words)

A Tech Pioneer’s Final, Unexpected Act

When virtuoso violinist and tech worker Eric Sun got diagnosed with brain cancer, he turned his attention from making money for Facebook to making music for himself.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 1, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,578 words)

I Started the Media Men List. My name is Moira Donegan.

“The experience of making the spreadsheet has shown me that it is still explosive, radical, and productively dangerous for women to say what we mean. But this doesn’t mean that I’ve lowered my hopes.”

Source: The Cut
Published: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,877 words)

A Life Worth Ending

In this reported personal essay, Michael Wolff writes about watching his mother “dwindle” painfully between life and death — not well enough to live on her own in her final years, without tremendous intervention from her family and doctors, but not sick enough to just quickly die. He makes a convincing case against the medical establishment’s practice of keeping the dying alive long past such time as they are able to thrive on their own, leading to excruciating slow deaths that deplete families and tax payers.

Published: May 20, 2012
Length: 23 minutes (5,874 words)

My Father’s Body, at Rest and in Motion

A reported, scientific essay in which physician and author Siddhartha Mukherjee considers the body’s proclivity for homeostasis, which kept his elderly father’s failing body alive for longer than seemed to make sense, after he had begun failing, and falling.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 8, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,819 words)

Gang raped at 17. Therapy at 65.

Evelyn Robinson was gang raped in 1969 by four men. She’s been dealing with the trauma ever since.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Jan 4, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,250 words)

The Case Against Eating Fish

That fish you’re eating at the restaurant? There’s a good chance it isn’t the fish the restaurant claims it is. Mislabeling is rampant. You’re also eating plastic.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Mar 31, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,110 words)

Danger in the Forest

Long-term illegal campers are leaving behind piles of trash in some of Colorado’s most scenic public lands. Locals have formed multiple advocacy and watchdog groups to deal with the waste and patrol effected areas, but it takes a multi-agency approach to mitigate the effects of chronic homelessness.

Author: Tracy Ross
Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Jan 1, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,560 words)

After Hours

“Off-peak” lifestyle evangelists insist on the value of being untimely, but their lifestyle depends on the rest of us staying regimented.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Jan 8, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,875 words)