How Bad Are Plastics, Really?

“Plastic production just keeps expanding, and now is becoming a driving cause of climate change.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jan 3, 2022
Length: 12 minutes (3,051 words)

January 6 Was Practice

“Donald Trump is better positioned to subvert an election now than he was in 2020.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 6, 2021
Length: 54 minutes (13,500 words)

The Elephant Who Could Be a Person

“In the courts, elephant personhood is a keystone argument, the argument on which all other animal-rights and even environmental arguments could conceivably depend.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 16, 2021
Length: 50 minutes (12,680 words)

“I Don’t Know That I Would Even Call it Meth Anymore”

“Soon, tons of P2P meth were moving north, without any letup, and the price of meth collapsed. But there was more to the story than higher volume. Ephedrine meth tended to damage people gradually, over years. With the switchover to P2P meth, that damage seemed to accelerate, especially damage to the brain.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 30 minutes (7,655 words)

A Peer-Reviewed Portrait of Suffering

“James and Lindsay Sulzer have spent their careers developing technologies to help people recover from disease or injury. Their daughter’s freak accident changed their work—and lives—forever.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 6, 2021
Length: 28 minutes (7,200 words)

What Iowa Is Losing as My Hometown Newspaper Crumbles

“Readers noticed the paper’s sloppiness first—how there seemed to be twice as many typos as before, and how sometimes the articles would end mid-sentence instead of continuing after the jump. The newspaper’s remaining reporters are overworked; there are local stories they’d like to tell but don’t have the bandwidth to cover. The Hawk Eye’s current staff is facing the impossible task of keeping a historic newspaper alive while its owner is attempting to squeeze it dry.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 5, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,328 words)

Ebooks Are an Abomination

“Agreeing that books are a thing you read is easy enough. But what it means to read, what the experience of reading requires and entails, and what makes it pleasurable or not, is not so easy to pin down.”

Author: Ian Bogost
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Sep 14, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,328 words)

The Search For America’s Atlantis

“If one of Gusick’s core samples contains definitive evidence of a pre-Clovis settlement, it will be the biggest find in Paleoindian archaeology since Edgar Howard plucked his first projectile out of the New Mexican desert. It would tell us, perhaps once and for all, that the first Americans were people of the sea.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Sep 7, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,410 words)

How the Pandemic Ends

“Here, then, is the current pandemic dilemma: Vaccines remain the best way for individuals to protect themselves, but societies cannot treat vaccines as their only defense.”

Author: Ed Yong
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug 12, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,912 words)

What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind

“Grief, conspiracy theories, and one family’s search for meaning in the two decades since 9/11.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug 9, 2021
Length: 53 minutes (13,254 words)