How English became the weirdest major language in modern use.
Saturday, November 14
Friday, November 13
“As the world’s best-known oceanographer—Sylvia is to our era what Jacques Cousteau was to an earlier one—she feels a heavy responsibility. In her lifetime, she has seen the ocean damaged in ways humans never thought it could be. The ongoing disaster leaves her mournful, desolate, and sometimes scary to talk to. Since her first dive, in a sponge-diver’s helmet in a Florida river when she was 16, she has spent 7,000 hours, or the better part of a year, underwater.”
Tuesday, November 3
As the birds decline, one Icelandic island keeps throwing a rowdy, boozy puffin festival.
Tuesday, October 27
When they go to bed tonight, white people will be five times likelier to get a good night’s sleep than African-Americans.
Monday, October 26
Tuesday, October 20
She told the family of a severely disabled man that she could help him to communicate with the outside world. Then she said they were in love.
On the ground with a young Texas doctor who travels the state to provide abortions.
Saturday, October 17
America’s devastating treatment of schizophrenia.
Sunday, October 11
The history of canis lupus in America, up to the present day.
Friday, October 9
The frustrated – and well-hidden – story of Isabel Myers Briggs, inventor of the famous personality test.
Thursday, October 8
An oral history of the disaster:
Someone said to me, or maybe I read it, that the problem of Chernobyl presents itself first of all as a problem of self understanding. That seemed right. I keep waiting for someone intelligent to explain it to me.