Simone Biles Would Like to Thank Herself

Biles is a Black athlete who is a woman, and for many, one of the gravest sins a Black woman can commit, besides beating white people at a sport they had previously dominated, is to appear insufficiently humble and grateful to white people for their success.

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Aug 3, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,547 words)

How the Pandemic Defeated America

“The coronavirus found, exploited, and widened every inequity that the U.S. had to offer.”

Author: Ed Yong
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug 3, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,196 words)

Do You Hear the People Sing?

“Brutality and resistance on the front lines of Hong Kong’s battle for democracy.”

Source: The Atavist
Published: Jul 31, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,500 words)

The Climate Crisis Has Sparked a Siberian Mammoth Tusk Gold Rush

Mammoth ivory has been touted as an “ethical” alternative for the continuing illegal ivory trade that is threatening an entire living species with extinction, but at what cost?

Source: Wired UK
Published: Nov 18, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,145 words)

The Worst-Case Scenario

“A white police officer fresh from de-escalation training, a troubled black woman with a gun, and a crowd with cellphones ready to record.”

Published: Jul 24, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,240 words)

I Reject the Imaginary White Man Judging My Work

“Breaking news: Black people have families and jobs and romantic interests and hobbies and challenges and yes, we have all of this within systems not designed for us, and yet we exist. We live and love and die. Those institutions and structures don’t HAVE to be in the forefront of the stories we tell and it’s also okay when they are.”

Published: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,625 words)

Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John Lewis

“He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,641 words)

A Farmer, ‘Little Ghosts,’ and 18,000 Tobacco Plants

“How COVID-19 upended farming in South Korea.”

Published: Jul 27, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,721 words)

What My Mother Didn’t Talk About

“My mother and I were very close, but when she died last year there was still so much I didn’t know about her.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jul 25, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,245 words)

Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular?

“Twenty-five years after his death, the painter who gave us ‘happy little trees’ is more ubiquitous than ever.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 28, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,330 words)