Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Apr 20, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,975 words)

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs.

Author: Julie Beck
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,136 words)

What Happens If a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off in Manhattan?

Researcher William Kennedy, who along with Andrew Cooks, is mining data from past tragedies such as the 1917 Halifax Explosion, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina to run computer simulations studying how humans would respond after a nuclear attack on Manhattan, New York.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 15, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,710 words)

The Stubborn Optimist

A profile of late author and activist Grace Paley, and her perseverance in fighting uphill political battles, on the page and in real life.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 14, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,018 words)

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,040 words)

The Hidden History of the Laundry Chute

Dead bodies, thieves, skulls, and historical bits of ephemera that fly out of pockets on the passage down are just some of the hidden secrets that laundry chutes reveal.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 16, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,925 words)

Fifty Shades Darker: A Spoilereview

A blow-by-blow recounting of an awful, retrograde sequel.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 10, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,338 words)

Eating Toward Immortality

For nutritionist and intuitive eating advocate Michelle Allison, diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 7, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,004 words)

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.

Author: David Frum
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 30, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,248 words)

America’s Great Divergence

A growing earnings gap between those with a college education and those without is creating economic and cultural rifts throughout the country.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 30, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,811 words)