The Quantified Heart

“Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be.”

Source: Aeon
Published: Jul 12, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

The News From the World of Beauty

When the personal is political, even the things we do to escape from politics become politics.

Source: VQR
Published: Jun 11, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,073 words)

Medicaid Under The Influence: How Drugmakers Sway Medication Options For Patients

Drug companies are working hard to influence state Medicaid drug cost controls to keep their profits flowing.

Source: NPR
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,366 words)

Does Facebook Need a Constitution?

Has the time come for Westphalian sovereignty to coexist with web failson sovereignty?

Author: Max Read
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,832 words)

California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees.

Restoring river floodplains to forest and wetland habitat is a proven method for reducing flood damage to towns and cities, because these habitats absorb floodwater. To ready itself for climate change, the state is beginning to revegetate some of its riverbanks in central rural California.

Published: Jul 15, 2018
Length: 5 minutes (1,464 words)

Friends and Enemies: On Slogan Tees

“Rather than a sign of increased polarization, of increased political energy, the popularity of the slogan tee is evidence of the dissolution of the political.”

Published: Jul 16, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,702 words)

Another Voyage for Madmen (And, This Time, One Woman)

Fifty years after the the first Golden Globe Race, 17 sailors are once again setting out for the most ambitious — and loneliest — regatta on the planet.

Source: Outside
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,652 words)

My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes about how her family is reckoning with her Igbo great-grandfather’s work in the transatlantic slave trade.

Source: New Yorker
Published: Jul 15, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,692 words)

Why New Zealand Is Furious About Australia’s Deportation Policy

New Zealand and Australia have had a strong relationship, which included porous borders with each other. That relationship has eroded since Australia started deporting many Maori and Pacific Islanders based on “character” or criminal history.

Published: Jul 3, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,677 words)

Why I Lied to Everyone in High School about Knowing Karate

As a teen, Jabeen Akhtar discovered that trying to be an exceptional immigrant can make you do stupid things.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 17, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,917 words)