I Was a Teenage Conspiracy Theorist

““Our minds work in particular ways that make us all receptive to conspiracy thinking,” says Rob Brotherton, a psychologist and the author of Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories. “

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 13, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,881 words)

How the Pandemic Defeated America

“The coronavirus found, exploited, and widened every inequity that the U.S. had to offer.”

Author: Ed Yong
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug 3, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,196 words)

Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John Lewis

“He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 30, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,641 words)

Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular?

“Twenty-five years after his death, the painter who gave us ‘happy little trees’ is more ubiquitous than ever.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 28, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,330 words)

30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact

Estimates say that 30 years ago under Nicolae Ceaușescu’s regime in Romania, 170,000 babies, children, and teens lived in “child gulags” often in filthy, horrific conditions. Deprived of loving care of any kind, those that lived were often under-developed physically and mentally, finding it hard or impossible to form attachments with other people. This is the story of one man who survived and was adopted by a family in America.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 22, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,748 words)

The Prophecies of Q

“American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 15, 2020
Length: 44 minutes (11,163 words)

Why Minneapolis Was the Breaking Point

“Black men and women are still dying across the country. The power that is American policing has conceded nothing.” Wesley Lowery writes about what he’s learned about police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the breaking point we’ve reached.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 10, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,880 words)

America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic

“Businesses are reopening. Protests are erupting nationwide. But the virus isn’t done with us.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 7, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,393 words)

The American Nightmare

“Either there is something superior or inferior about the races, something dangerous and deathly about black people, and black people are the American nightmare; or there is something wrong with society, something dangerous and deathly about racist policy, and black people are experiencing the American nightmare.” One is a racist myth; the other, antiracist truth.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 1, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,595 words)

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?

“I just don’t think Americans fully realize how terrorizing it is to black males when we are falsely suspected as violent criminals.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,875 words)