The Secrets We Keep

A personal essay in which Deena ElGenaidi takes stock of the truths she and her Muslim family members hide from one another.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 5, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,651 words)

Theater of Forgiveness

A personal essay in which Hafizah Geter contemplates the personal and cultural legacy of violence against Black bodies.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 2, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,050 words)

The Real Origins of Birthright Citizenship

Scholar Martha S. Jones offers a deep dive on pre- and post-Civil War origins of the birthright citizenship provision of the US Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,526 words)

Becoming Anne Frank

“Why did we turn an isolated teenage girl into the world’s most famous Holocaust victim?”

Author: Dara Horn
Source: Smithsonian
Published: Oct 30, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,591 words)

CBD is Everywhere. But is it a Scam?

An expose on the $350 million CBD industry pointing to the illegality, lack of regulation, and by and large lack of efficacy of everyone’s new favorite anxiety antidote.

Published: Nov 1, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,844 words)

The Whalers’ Odyssey

A courageous tribe, a colossal foe, and a terrifying ocean voyage.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,200 words)

Facebook Groups as Therapy

“People are sharing their deepest secrets on Facebook. Does the social network understand what it’s gotten into?” (And more importantly, what its responsibilities are?)

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 26, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,616 words)

Worth Their Wait

Before the internet, music weeklies like NME and Melody Maker shaped English listeners’ tastes and the national discourse. The slower pace of print publishing created a more digestible news cycle, a deeper reading experience, deep loyalties, and a thrilling anticipation between issues.

Published: Mar 4, 2014
Length: 17 minutes (4,427 words)

Elena Ferrante Stays Out of the Picture

Using email correspondence and notes from the HBO adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” Merve Emre profiles the elusive novelist Elena Ferrante.

Author: Merve Emre
Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,451 words)

There’s Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground

Novelist Tayari Jones on the impossibility of the “middle ground” in a moral dilemma.

Source: Time Magazine
Published: Oct 25, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,860 words)