Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait

“Dozens of military contractors, most of them Black, have been jailed in the emirate—some on trumped-up drug charges. Why has the American government failed to help them?”

Published: Oct 28, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,500 words)

Kamala Harris, Mass Incarceration and Me

“Many progressives mistrust her for her past as a prosecutor. As an ex-convict — and also the son of a crime victim — I can tell you it’s not that simple.”

Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,576 words)

The Problem of Free Speech in an Age of Disinformation

“It’s an article of faith in the United States that more speech is better and that the government should regulate it as little as possible. But increasingly, scholars of constitutional law, as well as social scientists, are beginning to question the way we have come to think about the First Amendment.”

Published: Oct 13, 2020
Length: 33 minutes (8,400 words)

In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings

“The work the artist made near the end of his life changed my understanding of both beauty and suffering.”

Author: Teju Cole
Published: Sep 23, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,700 words)

My Child Has a Disability. What Will Her Education Be Like This Year?

“We’re starting the school year with few details about how our fourth grader’s needs will be met.” Millions of disabled students are adjusting to online learning, and the support services that parents have fought for are now at risk.

Published: Sep 15, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,632 words)

What Is Owed

A sweeping examination of racial wealth inequality in the U.S. brought about by centuries of government policies that have worked against Black Americans. Nikole Hannah-Jones argues that reparations must be the center of any policies adopted to help reduce the wealth gap.

Published: Jun 24, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,663 words)

Trying to Parent My Black Teenagers Through Protest and Pandemic

“This is the world I let be created. They know this. They blame me for it. They are right. Also, would you like dinner? What movie should we watch?”

Published: Jun 15, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,520 words)

We Can’t Comprehend This Much Sorrow

“History’s first draft is almost always wrong — but we still have to try and write it.”

Author: Teju Cole
Published: May 18, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,411 words)

‘A Terrible Price’: The Deadly Racial Disparities of COVID-19 in America

“For the Zulu Club, a black social organization in New Orleans, Mardi Gras was a joy. The coronavirus made it a tragedy.”

Published: May 29, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,100 words)

My Restaurant Was My Life for 20 Years. Does the World Need It Anymore?

Forced to shutter Prune, I’ve been revisiting my original dreams for it — and wondering if there will still be a place for it in the New York of the future.

Published: Apr 23, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,831 words)