What College Admissions Offices Really Want

An investigation into the difference between the diversity colleges say they want, and what their bottom lines demand.

Author: Paul Tough
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,030 words)

King of Pop

Tyshawn Jones made a name for himself in the skateboarding world by performing spectacular tricks on the chaotic streets of New York. At 20, he’s already opened a restaurant, founded his own hardware company, and was named Thrasher’s “Skater of the Year.”

Published: Aug 29, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,293 words)

Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?

“How the first Williams sister changed the course of women’s tennis.”

Published: Aug 22, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,586 words)

Neil Young’s Lonely Quest to Save Music

“It’s strange to imagine that Young might be a prophet of sorts — but maybe not. His lesson is that everything human is shot through with imperfection. Filtering that out doesn’t make us more perfect; it is making us sick. He’s a great artist, which means that he sees and hears more, which may make him a loon, but is also why he is still worth listening to.”

Published: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)

Our Democracy’s Founding Ideals Were False When They Were Written. Black Americans Have Fought to Make Them True.

As part of the New York Times Magazine‘s 1619 package commemorating the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in America, Nikole Hannah Jones writes about the crucial influence of black Americans — through resistance, and a never ending fight for equal rights for all — on democracy in this country. “More than any other group in this country’s history, we have served, generation after generation, in an overlooked but vital role: It is we who have been the perfecters of this democracy.”

Published: Aug 14, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,675 words)

The 1619 Project

With essays, poems, timelines, and photography, the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project commemorates the 400th anniversary of American slavery, retelling the story of America’s origins by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center.”

Published: Aug 14, 2019
Length: 149 minutes (37,272 words)

The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison

“For decades Morrison has reflected back to us what it’s meant to be on the other side of this country’s approved history. When young white men again sing songs about lynching black men without being able recall who taught them those songs, and the hateful origins of the N-word are erased by a convenient amnesia to allow its constant use by outsiders, who will tell the stories we don’t tell ourselves?”

Published: Apr 8, 2015
Length: 30 minutes (7,562 words)

“We Have Fire Everywhere”

For eight hours last fall, Paradise, California, became a zone at the limits of the American imagination—and a preview of the American future.

Published: Jul 31, 2019
Length: 43 minutes (10,800 words)

Zero Tolerance

Battles have raged within the Trump administration over family separations, ICE raids and the president’s obsession with a wall. Together, they have remade homeland security.

Published: Jul 21, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,000 words)

I Wanted to Know What White Men Thought About Their Privilege. So I Asked.

“The running comment in our current political climate is that we all need to converse with people we don’t normally speak to, and though my husband is white, I found myself falling into easy banter with all kinds of strangers except white men. They rarely sought me out to shoot the breeze, and I did not seek them out. Maybe it was time to engage, even if my fantasies of these encounters seemed outlandish. I wanted to try.”

Published: Jul 17, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,220 words)