Becoming a Parent During the Pandemic Was the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done

“I spoke with a number of mental-health experts, many of whom told me that rates of postpartum depression have gone up significantly since the pandemic began. “It’s gotten really, really bad,” Juli Fraga, a psychologist in San Francisco, told me. “I hear about the isolation, and how it feels like Groundhog Day; the heartache of not knowing when you’re going to see your family; and the anxiety of bringing home a new baby … and not being able to have any support, especially early on in the pandemic.””

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 10, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,660 words)

Stories of Slavery, From Those Who Survived It

“The Federal Writers’ Project narratives provide an all-too-rare link to our past.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 9, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,250 words)

The Victims Left Behind by Genetic Genealogy

“Reading the news, you might think that “young, pretty, white women are being killed at astronomically high rates,” says Amy Michael, a biological anthropologist at the University of New Hampshire who works on unidentified bodies. But it’s actually Black men and Indigenous women who are disproportionately likely to be murdered, she says. “So where is that?””

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 27, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,327 words)

My Sister Was Disappeared 43 Years Ago

“A casualty of Argentina’s so-called Dirty War, Isabel haunted my childhood like a ghost. Then I started searching for her.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 17, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,508 words)

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us

“As vaccines roll out, the U.S. will face a choice about what to learn and what to forget.”

Author: Ed Yong
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 29, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,265 words)

Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine

” No single machine should be able to control so many people.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 15, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,212 words)

The Last Children of Down Syndrome

In 2019, only 18 babies in Denmark were born with Down syndrome. Prenatal testing is changing who gets born and who doesn’t.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 18, 2020
Length: 31 minutes (7,888 words)

‘No One Is Listening to Us’

“The most precious resource the U.S. health-care system has in the struggle against COVID-19 isn’t some miracle drug. It’s the expertise of its health-care workers—and they are exhausted.”

Author: Ed Yong
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 13, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,841 words)

What If Friendship, Not Marriage, Was at the Center of Life?

“Our boyfriends, our significant others, and our husbands are supposed to be No. 1. Our worlds are backward.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,460 words)

7 Lives in Donald Trump’s America

“The human toll of the president’s first term.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 27, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,000 words)