Cat Person

[Fiction] A young woman goes on a bad date with an older man.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,200 words)

Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster

As the massive Lake Chad started drying up in Central Africa, famine sent the native tribes scrambling to survive. Now political factions and jihadists have compounded the climate change and food shortages to throw this region where four nations meet into turmoil.

Author: Ben Taub
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,981 words)

Where Millennials Come From

Millennials have been blamed for destroying the world they were born into, killing entire industries simply because they can. They don’t consume like the generation before because they don’t make money like their parents did. But this isn’t because they’re lazy and irresponsible. Rather, as the most productive generation, the more millennials give, the more the world takes.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 28, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

Why Ageism Never Gets Old

Tad Friend takes a look at the ways in which ageism is perpetuated in a variety of fields, particularly tech, where rapid-fire advances in technology keep rendering obsolete the knowledge and skills of those who are older.

Author: Tad Friend
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,530 words)

The Tech Industry’s Gender-Discrimination Problem

Kolhatkar walks us through several egregious allegations of abuse and discrimination suffered by women at tech companies like Tesla, SoFi, and Google. The problems are pervasive and are surfacing as more women come forward; class-action gender-discrimination suits are pending against companies such as Twitter, Microsoft, and Uber.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 13, 2017
Length: 34 minutes (8,519 words)

Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies

The story deepens. Harvey Weinstein hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track journalists and his accusers in an attempt to quash sexual abuse allegations made against him.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 6, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,300 words)

The Danger of President Pence

A deep dive into the political rise of Mike Pence and what some fear may happen if he were to ever to become President.

Author: Jane Mayer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 16, 2017
Length: 52 minutes (13,211 words)

Russia’s House of Shadows

Moscow’s House on the Embankment, built to house the Soviet élite, became purge central. They were the new nobility, until suddenly they weren’t.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 10, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,120 words)

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

The culmination of a 10-month investigation, Ronan Farrow’s piece in The New Yorker tells the stories of 13 women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault, including three who said he raped them. Their stories are supported by interviews with 16 current and former executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 10, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,850 words)

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

Julie Belshe had thought her parents had been kidnapped: Their house in Clark County Nevada was locked and dark, and they didn’t answer their phone for days. She discovered they had been removed from their home and taken to an assisted living facility, their possessions were sold and their money confiscated. It wasn’t a mistake. It was the law.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 4, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,200 words)