The Embryo in the Hallway

Jen Gann learned that she and her husband have genetic mutations that can cause cystic fibrosis after her son was diagnosed with the disease. Her second pregnancy involved a lot more people — and a lot more questions.

Author: Jen Gann
Source: The Cut
Published: Mar 7, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,693 words)

Who Killed Tulum?

From unceasing development to contaminated cenotes, the problems continue to pile up in the Mayan paradise formerly known as Tulum.

Source: The Cut
Published: Feb 20, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,918 words)

A 4-Year-Old Trapped in a Teenager’s Body

Like all the men in his family, Patrick Burleigh carried an extremely rare genetic mutation, which led to “precocious puberty” and a confusing, challenging childhood in which he experienced dramatic physical changes — like pubic hair — as early as age 2.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jan 16, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,372 words)

To All the Moms I’ve Ignored Before

In this hilarious piece, Meaghan O’Connell reflects on all the “being a mom” advice she ignored before having kids, that now, she not-so-secretly wishes to be consulted on.

Source: The Cut
Published: Jan 17, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,059 words)

Bastard: Neither of My Parents Was Exactly Who I Thought They Were

In this personal essay, author Elizabeth Wurtzel shares the bombshell that was recently dropped on her — that her father was not Donald Wurtzel, but rather civil rights era photojournalist Bob Adelman — and tries to make sense of her mother’s choice to keep the secret of her affair (and her daughter’s true paternity) for 50 years.

Source: The Cut
Published: Dec 26, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,714 words)

46 Minutes With Barbara Lee

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee speaks to Rebecca Traister about her dissent on Iraq 17 years ago and her campaign to become chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the Democratic party’s number five leadership role.

Source: The Cut
Published: Nov 11, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,403 words)

Everyone Believed Larry Nassar

They didn’t just believe him — they defended him. Why? Because he planned it that way, a long-term, insidious plan designed to give him unfettered access to girls.

Source: The Cut
Published: Nov 11, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,217 words)

City Girls Are More Like You Than You Think

A profile of Miami hip-hop duo City Girls.

Source: The Cut
Published: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,350 words)

Becoming a Woman Who Yells at Her Children

If yelling is the new spanking, where does that leave the progressive, occasionally voice-raising parent?

Source: The Cut
Published: Sep 6, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,623 words)

Everywhere and Nowhere: What It’s Really Like to be Black and Work in Fashion

A report, based on interviews with more than 100 black people working in fashion, about the realities of working in the industry.

Source: The Cut
Published: Aug 23, 2018
Length: 52 minutes (13,106 words)