An Epidemic of Disbelief

““This heffer is trippin… She was clean and smellin good, ain’t no way that shit happened like she said.” Defense witness trying to discredit a rape victim? No, a detective’s notes on a 14-year-old sexual assault victim.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 15, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,862 words)

Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

“Unhappy is he who depends on success to be happy,” Alex Dias Ribeiro, a former Formula 1 race-car driver, once wrote. “For such a person, the end of a successful career is the end of the line.” The unerring passage of time degenerates one’s productivity at a faster rate than many would imagine. However, there is hope for life after the decline.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 19, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,289 words)

The Last of Its Kind

The 14-year-old Achatinella apexfulva snail named George was the sole surviving member of its species. It was biologist David Sischo’s job to take care of George until it died, even as his team works to save other Hawaiian snails from extinction.

Author: Ed Yong
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 1, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,588 words)

A Crime By Any Name

The Trump administration’s commitment to deterring immigration through cruelty has made horrifying conditions in detention facilities inevitable.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jul 3, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

The Surreal End of an American College

Low enrollment and financial straights have forced some schools to close before their students graduate. What changes can other small colleges make to avoid closure? And how do students deal with the news of losing their school?

Author: Alia Wong
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 18, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,656 words)

What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane

“Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 17, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,042 words)

Abolish the Priesthood

A one-time Catholic priest argues that the clergy is a fundamentally secretive, sexually repressed, misogynistic system, and that dismantling it is the only way to save what is beneficial about the Catholic church, and the only way to protect children from sexual abuse.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Jun 1, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,991 words)

The Truth About Dentistry

Fears, meet validation: those procedures you endured 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)