The Sorrow and the Shame of the Accidental Killer

Every year, people kill other people accidentally with cars, boats, guns and neglect, yet science has barely studied the long-term effects on survivors. Murderers get most of the attention. “Accidental killers” get guilt, depression, self-loathing and flashbacks.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 18, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,869 words)

Gloria Allred’s Crusade

A profile of iconic feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, who has played a key role in changing attitudes and legislation regarding rape and sexual assault, and is currently litigating major cases against Bill Cosby and President Donald Trump.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 25, 2017
Length: 33 minutes (8,375 words)

Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger

David Remnick’s ranging profile of Hillary Clinton, who has borne many titles: First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, Democratic Presidential candidate — the first woman to win a major party’s nomination — and author. Remnick interviews Clinton — and other players, both off-the-record and on — on the occasion of the publication of What Happened, her memoir of winning the popular vote but losing the more crucial electoral one to a crass, bigoted reality TV star.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 13, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,830 words)

The Case Against Civilization

Hunter-gatherers seems so primitive to modern human beings, especially as we read about them on our smart phones while waiting for the subway and eating a microwaved breakfast sandwich. But what if agriculture gave us more problems than progress?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 18, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,953 words)

How Do You Make a TV Show Set in the West Bank?

What the thriller “Fauda” reveals about what Israelis will watch—and what they won’t.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 30, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,699 words)

When Should A Child Be Taken From His Parents?

Larisa MacFarquhar walks her readers through the experience of being investigated by children’s protective services, then of carrying out the investigation, and finally shares the stories of several families in New York City who have encountered the agency.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 7, 2017
Length: 45 minutes (11,489 words)

Questions for Me About Dying

Celebrated Australian novelist Cory Taylor was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. Rejecting the taboos that prevent humans from talking openly about death, she goes on the record with her answers to some of the most typical questions people have asked her about dying.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 31, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,712 words)

Notes from a Baby-Names Obsessive

Names channel our identity — or at least our parents’ idea of our future identity — in ways both big (class, ethnicity) and small (subcultural affiliations, self-awareness). When the mother’s American and the father’s French, things get complicated, fast.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 31, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,986 words)

America’s Future is Texas

It’s a long road, how we got to now, and a lot of it happened in Texas first. Lawrence Wright, who has lived in Texas for most of his life, explains how the state’s deliberate shift from blue to red, to an extreme red, relied on a calculated series of political moves over the last twenty years that are best seen with the long lens of history.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 10, 2017
Length: 76 minutes (19,000 words)

The Reality-TV Star Spencer Pratt on America’s Addiction to Drama

Spencer Pratt’s fame “doesn’t necessarily stem from any immediately recognizable talents.” He and his wife Heidi Montag were the villains of the mid-aughts reality show The Hills, where they were beloved for their strange California-accented-behavior. (Implants! Cristal! Crystals!) Seven years later, Pratt has become a elder-statesman of sorts, a connoisseur of pseudo-celebrity he once peddled, and an expert on the the reality star who currently occupies the Oval Office.

Author: Naomi Fry
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 30, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,200 words)