How Student Debt Dragged A Generation Down — And What We Can Do About It

“A social and financial divide is forming — between those who have student debt, and those who do not — that will have ramifications for decades to come.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 9, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,145 words)

Down the Rabbit Hole I Go

Twenty-three-year-old Indiana native Tomi Masters had only set out to work in California’s cannabis industry, so how did she end up dead in a Manila river?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 5, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,617 words)

I’ve Been Committed To A Psych Ward Three Times — And It Never Helped

“As Bly’s anecdotes, and my own, indicate, a primary feature of the experience of staying in a psychiatric hospital is that you will not be believed about anything. A corollary to this feature: Things will be believed about you that are not at all true.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 29, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,988 words)

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

“Burnout and the behaviors and weight that accompany it aren’t, in fact, something we can cure by going on vacation. It’s not limited to workers in acutely high-stress environments. And it’s not a temporary affliction: It’s the millennial condition.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 5, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,033 words)

Natasha Trethewey Wants America To Have A Personal Reckoning

On the publication of “Monument,” Natasha Trethewey’s most recent collection of poetry, Hanif Abdurraqib interviews the former U.S. poet laureate about “history echoing into the present lived experience.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Dec 8, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,492 words)

Is There Such a Thing as Ballet That Doesn’t Hurt Women?

It’s a beautiful but demanding art form that traditionally accepts only a narrow range of body types and movements, and normalizes physical injury and the devaluing of women’s bodies.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Oct 12, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,015 words)

My Psychic Mom Taught Me That People Don’t Want The Truth. They Want A Good Story.

In a personal essay about growing up in Bogotá, Ingrid Rojas Contreras describes her mother’s work in divination as important to her own development as a writer.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Sep 5, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,004 words)

How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War

“If you want to know what happens to a country that has opened itself entirely to Facebook, look to the Philippines.”

Author: Davey Alba
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,522 words)

We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage

A wide-ranging piece of investigative journalism — the result of four years of research — on widespread abuse and in some cases, the killing of children at St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage in Vermont and other orphanages, in the 20th century.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 27, 2018
Length: 108 minutes (27,057 words)

I Shouldn’t Have To Lose Weight For My Wedding. So Why Do I Feel Like A Failure?

In this searching personal essay, writer Scaachi Koul conflictedly interrogates her inability to ignore societal pressure and stop wishing she were thinner — along with her inability to get thinner in time for her upcoming wedding, for which her dress is too small.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 11, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,530 words)