Sue Halpern
Sue Halpern is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of seven books, including the best-selling “A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home” and “Four Wings and a Prayer,” which was made into an Emmy-nominated film. She was a columnist for Mother Jones, Ms., and Smithsonian Magazine, and has written on science, technology, and politics for the Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic, as well as for The New York Review of Books, where she is a regular contributor. Halpern founded and edited NYRBLit, the electronic-publishing imprint of New York Review Books. Halpern is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, where she directs the program in narrative journalism. She has been the recipient of Guggenheim and Echoing Green Fellowships, and earned a doctorate in political theory from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
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Daily Comment
Biden’s Global Democracy Summit Raises an Awkward Question: Can Ours Endure?
In the past year, the prospects for improving American democracy have dimmed considerably.
By Sue HalpernNovember 30, 2021
Daily Comment
The Facebook Whistle-Blower’s Testimony and the Tech Giant’s Very Bad Week
The company has weathered bad P.R. in the past. Will a Senate subcommittee hearing prove a bigger challenge?
By Sue HalpernOctober 7, 2021
Daily Comment
Instagram for Kids and What Facebook Knows About the Effects of Social Media
A Senate-committee hearing will address whether Facebook is following the example of Big Tobacco.
By Sue HalpernSeptember 30, 2021
Daily Comment
The Link Between Texas’s New Abortion Law and Its New Voting Laws
For decades, Republican strategists have seen exploiting both issues as a way to hang on to power.
By Sue HalpernSeptember 3, 2021
Daily Comment
Why Facebook Is Suddenly Afraid of the F.T.C.
The agency is getting a second chance to convince a federal judge that the social-media giant is a monopoly which needs to be broken up.
By Sue HalpernAugust 23, 2021
Annals of Medicine
The Two-Decade Delay in Lyme-Disease Vaccines
Initially halted by public fears, a preventive treatment could be here in two years.
By Sue HalpernAugust 19, 2021
CommentAugust 9, 2021 Issue
Why Republican Leaders Ignored the January 6th Hearing
The House select committee’s task is to establish who knew what about the insurrection—but most Republicans don’t seem to want to find out.
By Sue HalpernAugust 1, 2021
News Desk
Threats Against Election Officials Are a Threat to Democracy
“To have someone say you deserve a knife to your throat, that you should be executed, that they are going to eff up your family, shakes you,” a former city clerk said.
By Sue HalpernJune 29, 2021
CommentJune 14, 2021 Issue
The Republicans’ Wild Assault on Voting Rights in Texas and Arizona
What began as thinly veiled attempts to keep Democrats from the polls has become a movement to undermine confidence in our democracy itself.
By Sue HalpernJune 6, 2021
Annals of Technology
The Peril of Not Vaccinating the World
Absent a concerted global commitment to vaccine equity, the virus will continue to evolve, and humanity may be consigned to a never-ending pandemic.
By Sue HalpernJune 3, 2021
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