The Truth About Dentistry

Fears, meet validation: those procedures you got at the dentist may have been unnecessary.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Apr 20, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,974 words)

How I Bombed My First Therapy Session

Everybody has a first day on the job and sometimes that day doesn’t go as planned. Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb recounts the first session she conducted as a trainee therapist, with a woman who sobbed uncontrollably during their allotted hour.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Apr 2, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,380 words)

The Fertility Doctor’s Secret

“Donald Cline must have thought no one would ever know. Then DNA testing came along.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 18, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,445 words)

White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

“What is judged extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite, well-connected men who eagerly seized on a false doctrine of “race suicide” during the immigration scare of the early 20th century.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 15, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,686 words)

The Latest Diet Trend Is Not Dieting

Instead of counting calories and using weight as the barometer of health, intuitive eating encourages people to eat what they want when they feel hungry and dispense with notions of “good” and “bad” food. Guilt and shame only lead to overeating.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 22, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,342 words)

‘Nobody Is Going to Believe You’

Director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexual misconduct multiple times throughout the course of his career. A few of his alleged victims have come forward to share their stories. This story was originally set to be published in Esquire, but was killed by Hearst executives for unknown reasons.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 23, 2019
Length: 38 minutes (9,600 words)

How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend

For stroke survivor Sherman Hershfield, rapping and rhyming kept his seizures under control.

Author: Jeff Maysh
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 16, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,683 words)

The Weight I Carry

In a piece adapted from his forthcoming book, The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America, Tommy Tomlinson shares the physical and emotional costs of weighing 460 lbs, the emotions that drive him to eat, and the uplifting litany of activities he looks forward to doing as he loses weight.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 9, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,934 words)

How to Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars on Amazon

Some people, like self-proclaimed experts Matt Behdjou and Mike Gazzola, claim to make thousands of dollars selling cheap products from China on Amazon. But not everyone is successful.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 2, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,514 words)

The Bootleg Video Vans of the Soviet Union

Before the U.S.S.R. disbanded, Soviet-made propaganda led many Russian kids to fetishize the authentic American films that the government censored. Pushed into the underground, resourceful Soviets played overdubbed, bootlegged copies of these films on VCRs inside mini-vans they turned into mobile theaters. This is how many Soviets learned English.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 2, 2018
Length: 5 minutes (1,466 words)