The Best Four Years of Your Life?

“My future — the vague, all-consuming ideal we’re taught to live for — felt like a more dominant force in my life than my present.”

Source: Vox
Published: Jul 27, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,018 words)

The Ballad of the Chowchilla Bus Kidnapping

“If you told somebody 26 kids went missing, the most ever in America, that somebody would likely assume they were dead. But they’d survived! All of them! Many potlucks would ensue.”

 

 

Source: Vox
Published: Jul 23, 2021
Length: 55 minutes (13,872 words)

How Twitter Can Ruin a Life

Isabel Fall’s story has been held up as an example of “cancel culture run amok.”

Source: Vox
Published: Jun 30, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,020 words)

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)