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)

White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

“What is judged extremist today was once the consensus of a powerful cadre of the American elite, well-connected men who eagerly seized on a false doctrine of “race suicide” during the immigration scare of the early 20th century.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 15, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,686 words)

The Latest Diet Trend Is Not Dieting

Instead of counting calories and using weight as the barometer of health, intuitive eating encourages people to eat what they want when they feel hungry and dispense with notions of “good” and “bad” food. Guilt and shame only lead to overeating.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 22, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,342 words)