How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda

“Immigrant struggles in America forged a bond that became even tighter after my mother’s A.L.S. diagnosis. Then, as COVID-19 threatened, Chinese nationalists began calling us traitors to our country.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 7, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,917 words)

The Man Who Refused to Spy

“The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 14, 2020
Length: 38 minutes (9,700 words)

What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?

Are we living in a computer simulation that has been created by our future selves?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 9, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1,970 words)

A Transit Worker’s Survival Story

“Driving a New York City bus during a pandemic and an uprising.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 24, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,800 words)

How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic

“The secretive titan behind one of America’s largest poultry companies, who is also one of the president’s top donors, is ruthlessly leveraging the coronavirus crisis—and his vast fortune—to strip workers of protections.”

Author: Jane Mayer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 13, 2020
Length: 34 minutes (8,590 words)

Slate Star Codex and Silicon Valley’s War Against the Media

The story of a controversial blogger, the weaponization of online engagement, and the growing fault lines between tech and traditional journalism.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 9, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

Why the Mueller Investigation Failed

“Robert Mueller forfeited the opportunity to speak clearly and directly about Trump’s crimes, and Barr filled the silence with his high-volume exoneration. Mueller’s investigation was no witch hunt; his report was, ultimately, a surrender.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 29, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,685 words)

The Trayvon Generation

“I believed I could keep my sons alive by loving them, believed in the magical powers of complete adoration and a love ethic that would permeate their lives.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 15, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,969 words)

A Window Onto an American Nightmare

“As the homelessness crisis and the coronavirus crisis converge, what can we learn from one city’s struggles?”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 25, 2020
Length: 37 minutes (9,471 words)

Missed Calls

Lauren Collins’ father died in March of leukemia as the pandemic began to unfold, forcing her to learn to grieve in a time of enforced isolation. This essay is a remembrance of her father and an exploration of grieving from a distance.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 4, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,423 words)