The Day the Dinosaurs Died

A young unknown scientist may have found fossil remains dating from the day when an asteroid hit the earth and eventually wiped 99 percent of life from the planet. If it’s true, this is one of the most important scientific discoveries of the century. Other scientists have their doubts.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 29, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,178 words)

Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret

“Instead, he began to wonder whether what he was actually protecting at Guantánamo was one of the government’s darkest secrets: that its highest-value military detainee was being held essentially by mistake, and that his isolation in Echo Special was intended to cover up the hell that had been inflicted upon him.”

Author: Ben Taub
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 15, 2019
Length: 78 minutes (19,519 words)

What Cancer Takes Away

As she goes through treatment for breast cancer, Anne Boyer considers what being sick has cost her — physically, financially and emotionally — along with the societal and environmental costs of high-priced treatments.

Author: Anne Boyer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 8, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,866 words)

The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs

Getting a prescription for a psychiatric drug is pretty easy. Hell, getting prescriptions for multiple psychiatric drugs is pretty easy. Understanding where you stop and the drugs start, and getting off of them when they’re not actually serving you — that’s the hard part.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,024 words)

Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun

If you’ve ever read a newspaper, been in a city, or ridden a bus, you’ve seen an ad for Shen Yun. But what is it? Aside from the “organ harvesting, the homophobia, the anti-evolution ballad, and the Karl Marx apparition,” that is?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,625 words)

The Making of the Fox News White House

Trump’s friends are like family. And Trump hires his family.

Author: Jane Mayer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 11, 2019
Length: 45 minutes (11,453 words)

The Psychiatrist Who Believed People Could Tell the Future

After people predicted a mining disaster, a psychiatrist began collecting premonitions, and a startling number turned out to be true. To his horror, one seer predicted the psychiatrist’s own death. He spent years looking over his shoulder, living a life that begged the question: can you scare yourself to death?

Author: Sam Knight
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 4, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,011 words)

How to Grant Your Child an Inner Life

From software that tracks children’s movements, to cars that only drive so far, American parents have many advanced ways to protect their children, but don’t kids deserve some privacy the way we did before the internet?

 

Author: Jess Row
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 18, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,036 words)

Private Mossad for Hire

Social media and poor governmental supervision have made American elections a target for a new aggressive breed of private Israeli intelligence firm, whose job is to manipulate reality.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 18, 2019
Length: 34 minutes (8,629 words)

Easy Targets

Most gun stores face no legal requirements to secure the weapons they sell. This sets them apart from other businesses that deal in dangerous products, such as pharmacies and explosives makers. Thieves have taken notice.

Tracking stolen firearms through the black market, from gun-store thefts to crime scenes.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 7, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)