The Very Cute, Totally Disturbing Tale of the American “It” Dog

Their flat faces scream cute while the high prices for a puppy make them as aspirational as multi-step skin care routines, Le Creuset kitchenware, and living in a remodeled van.

Source: Vox
Published: Apr 20, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,491 words)

The Mirage of the Black Middle Class

“Black Americans have been shut out of stability at every turn.”

Source: Vox
Published: Jan 26, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,845 words)

Stuck in 2020, Pretending It’s 2014

Can nostalgia for the recent past bring comfort now that pandemic has made time stand still?

Source: Vox
Published: May 9, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,282 words)

Can Monoculture Survive the Algorithm?

“Art’s deepest impact comes when it is least expected. In contrast, algorithmic recommendations lead us down a path of pleasant monotony: a looming monoculture of the similar. To resist it, we should embrace obscurity, difficulty, diversity, and strangeness as just as important as recognizability or universality.”

Source: Vox
Published: Dec 17, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,455 words)

My Own Private Iceland

When an island nation of 300,000 residents receives more than two million tourists a year, radical change is inevitable — but is it all negative?

Source: Vox
Published: Oct 21, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,733 words)

How Brands Get their Names, Explained By a Professional Namer

This is a very interesting conversation about how companies pay experts to shape their images, and it’s one that this professional namer might describe this interview’s title as descriptive rather than disruptive, because it “is tied to an expected functional benefit of the product.”

Source: Vox
Published: May 16, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,578 words)

The Cure For Your Next Infection May Come From Sewage

As our resistance to antibiotics soars, scientists find hope in phages – helpful viruses found in particularly disgusting places.

Source: Vox
Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,587 words)

Why Is the Wedding Industry So Hard to Disrupt?

Each year, the U.S. wedding industry generates $72 billion dollars in revenue, yet Zola is the first startup to succeed in the wedding category since 1996.

Source: Vox
Published: Mar 1, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,603 words)

Safe Injection Sites Were Thought to Reduce Drug Overdoses. The Research Isn’t So Clear.

Searching for ways to mediate the damage of the opioid crisis, cities like Seattle and New York are considering following Vancouver’s lead by creating supervised drug consumption sites. Unfortunately, more empirical evidence is needed to clearly determine injection sites’ effectiveness.

Source: Vox
Published: Aug 22, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,941 words)

Here’s What War With North Korea Would Look Like

Analysts and military officials describe the many likely scenarios that would play out before and during a war between North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. Nerve gas, smallpox, yellow fever, preemptive nuclear strikes, all of these scenarios are horrifying, because even though North Korea would lose, the civilian death toll would always be high.
Source: Vox
Published: Feb 8, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,389 words)