The Trump Presidency Is Over

It’s hard to be hopeful right now, but one Republican believes that the coronavirus crisis has already revealed Trump as a person incapable of leadership, and that the American people will demand a person who is.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 13, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,640 words)

The Killing of a Colorado Rancher

When Jake Millison went missing, his family said he’d skipped town. But his friends knew him better than that, and they refused to let him simply disappear.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Mar 12, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,716 words)

The Lovely Hill: Where People Live Longer and Happier

Seventh-Day Adventists’ dietary philosophy has made Loma Linda, California one of the healthiest cities in the world, and it has a lot to teach the rest of the country.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 4, 2013
Length: 8 minutes (2,241 words)

You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

You might not know you have it, though.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb 24, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,045 words)

History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About To Begin

“Life could appear in perfect darkness, in blistering heat and a broth of noxious compounds — an environment that would extinguish every known creature on Earth.” Life has been discovered at the deepest depths of the ocean, but is it under threat from mining?

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 18, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,094 words)

How Roadkill Became an Environmental Disaster

The vast network of roads carved into Brazil’s sensitive ecosystems improve citizens’ quality of life, but it threatens countless species and the country’s biodiversity, few more than the giant anteater. As scientists develop the growing field of road ecology and grapple with ways to protect biodiversity, they face the larger problem: How can humans protect anything when we keep building new roads?

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 26, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,179 words)

My Friend Mister Rogers

Tom Junod remembers his friendship with Fred Rogers 16 years after Fred’s death and considers how Fred would have responded in today’s world, filled with regular mass violence and a growing lack of civility in political discourse and protest.

Author: Tom Junod
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov 7, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,113 words)

Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore

From algorithms that set work schedules to the whims of the gig economy, too many workers are deprived of free time that overlaps with friends’ and family’s, and America’s social fabric is fraying. “A calendar is more than the organization of days and months,” Judith Shulevitz writes. “It’s the blueprint for a shared life.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 10, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,338 words)

The End of Silence

Noise is never just about sound; it is inseparable from issues of power and powerlessness. It is a violation we can’t control and to which, because of our anatomy, we cannot close ourselves off. “We have all thought of killing our neighbors at some point,” a soft-spoken scientist researching noise abatement told me.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 10, 2019
Length: 35 minutes (8,800 words)

My Family Story of Love, the Mob, and Government Surveillance

In this excerpt from his book, In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth, John Goldsmith considers the private costs of the invasive surveillance tactics the US government uses against its own citizens. “It wasn’t just the chilling effect on Chuckie’s freedom of thought, belief, and speech—an effect that stretched back decades, to the 1950s, when he first began to suspect that he was under surveillance. It was also, more painfully, the violence against his intimate spaces and relationships, and the annihilation of the stories he told himself and the world about these spaces and relationships, and thus of his power to define and shape his life.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 7, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,424 words)