American Chronicles
November 1, 2021 Issue
Brené Brown’s Empire of Emotion
How a Texan’s stories teach a nation to be vulnerable.
By Sarah LarsonOctober 25, 2021
October 25, 2021 Issue
Can MasterClass Teach You Everything?
Studies suggest that it takes at least a decade to achieve real expertise. The company promises transformation in a few hours.
By Tad FriendOctober 18, 2021
October 18, 2021 Issue
Stash-House Stings Carry Real Penalties for Fake Crimes
The undercover operations seem like entrapment, but their targets can receive long sentences—sometimes even harsher than those for genuine crimes.
By Rachel PoserOctober 11, 2021
October 11, 2021 Issue
Fatty Arbuckle and the Birth of the Celebrity Scandal
A murder charge, a media frenzy, a banishment, and accusations of sexual abuse in Hollywood. What can the Arbuckle affair, now a hundred years old, teach us today?
By Michael SchulmanOctober 4, 2021
October 4, 2021 Issue
When Black History Is Unearthed, Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?
Efforts to rescue African American burial grounds and remains have exposed deep conflicts over inheritance and representation.
By Jill LeporeSeptember 27, 2021
September 27, 2021 Issue
An Ex-Drinker’s Search for a Sober Buzz
Can the booming market for non-alcoholic drinks offer a safe way to return to the bar?
By John SeabrookSeptember 20, 2021
August 30, 2021 Issue
Life After White-Collar Crime
Every week, fallen executives come together, seeking sympathy and a second act.
By Evan OsnosAugust 23, 2021
August 23, 2021 Issue
A Fight to Expose the Hidden Human Costs of Incarceration
The law professor Andrea Armstrong is documenting the loss of life inside jails and prisons in Louisiana, the state with the highest in-custody mortality rate.
By Eyal PressAugust 16, 2021
July 5, 2021 Issue
In a Divided Country, Communal Living Redefines Togetherness
The traditional home is under renovation. Can people find meaning in groups?
By Nathan HellerJune 28, 2021
June 28, 2021 Issue
What Will Become of the Pandemic Pets?
In a time of stress and isolation, we turned to them for comfort. Now it’s time to think about what owning animals really means.
By Nick PaumgartenJune 21, 2021
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