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)

The Strange Alienation of Being a Latina Who Loves Hiking

A personal essay about loving hiking as a Latinx — in both Ecuador, where author Amanda Machado’s family members see it as un-classy and unladylike, and the United States, where hiking has largely been the domain of upper-class whites.

Source: Vox
Published: Jul 10, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,765 words)

A Legal Journalist on the “Surreal” Experience of Becoming a U.S. Citizen Under Trump

Sarah Jeong has spent the past several months covering Trump’s travel ban… while officially becoming an American citizen.

Source: Vox
Published: Jul 5, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,343 words)

Why I gave my kidney to a stranger — and why you should consider doing it too

Dylan Matthews donated his left kidney to a perfect stranger, in what’s known as a “non-directed” donation. Dylan’s kidney initiated a donation chain in which four people received live-saving kidney transplants.

Source: Vox
Published: Apr 11, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,699 words)

The subtle brilliance of Sesame Street’s first episode starring an autistic Muppet

Dylan Matthews reflects on growing up with autism and reviews Sesame Street’s approach to raising awareness with a new autistic character named Julia. Sesame Street doesn’t focus on Julia navigating her world, it focuses on Elmo and Abby Cadabby — a neurotypical monster and fairy, respectively — who help Big Bird understand why Julia plays and acts the way she does. Elmo and Abby revel in Julia’s style of play and in doing so, encourage Big Bird to join the fun so that everyone can have a good time. Matthews posits that with Sesame Street’s clout among the young, and the research to back up the fact that the show “encourages prosocial, cooperative behavior among children,” Julia could have a real influence on how society embraces those with autism in the future.

Source: Vox
Published: Apr 10, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,830 words)

‘We’re Creating a World That Feels True’

“Getting television from an idea in someone’s head to the screen in your living room (or on your laptop) is difficult, fast-paced, and complicated work.” Caroline Framke shadows the crew of FX’s The Americans during the production of season four and offers a closer look at how a TV show is made.

Source: Vox
Published: Jun 9, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,487 words)