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The-Last-Chess-Shop-in-New-York-Cityvideo
“I came here to get a PhD in American literature, and here I am, with pictures of American writers on the wall—a chess vendor.” That’s Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum, the only remaining chess shop in New York City. A Palestinian refugee with no family of his own, Khachan...
Young-Love-on-the-Internet-Before-Online-Datingvideo
August 2011. Gus, a 19-year-old home-schooled Christian from Jolie, Illinois is trawling Facebook. He’s just recovered from a debilitating bout of depression, and he’s looking for someone to talk to. Through an online personality test, he finds a match: Jiyun, a 20-year-old from Korea, who moved to New York...
Mapping-How-Americans-Talk-Soda-vs.-Pop-vs.-Cokevideo
What's your general term for a sweetened carbonated beverage? What word or words do you use to address a group of two or more people? What do you call it when the rain falls while the sun is shining? Former Harvard professor Bert Vaux asked tens of thousands of people...
Sex-and-the-1960s-College-Girlvideo
“Men...admit that what really irritates them about modern women is that they can't, or won't, give themselves completely to men,” Nora Johnson wrote in her 1959 Atlantic article, "Sex and the College Girl." “This is undoubtedly true … And this, God knows, is a good thing.” In the article, which...
Mr.-Toledano-Photographed-His-Death-Dozens-of-Timesvideo
Phillip Toledano’s obsession with death began with a DNA test. When his father was diagnosed with terminal dementia, the elder Toledano came to live with his son, who would care for him during his harrowing, drawn-out final days. This got Toledano, a photographer, thinking about his own mortality. When,...
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Unbeknownst to many Americans, there is one legal scenario in which the president’s power substantially increases. This is the moment he declares a national emergency. Although Congress has passed more than 100 provisions that outline the power that the president gains in this circumstance—such as the ability to shut...
China-is-Surveilling-and-Threatening-Uighurs-in-the-U.Svideo
Xinjiang, China is home to more than 11 million Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority. Currently, 1 million Uighurs are being held in Chinese internment camps, according to estimates cited by the UN and by U.S. officials. While Uighurs have long faced persecution by the Chinese Communist Party, the...
A-Teenager-Regrets-His-Role-in-Fake-Newsvideo
Once upon a time, an economically depressed and largely forgotten town in the Balkans experienced a digital gold rush. The average monthly salary in Veles, Macedonia, had been $371; now young denizens were earning up to $16,000. The year was 2016, and the gold was fake news. The idea that fake...
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You may have heard by now that Amazon’s new headquarters will soon call the New York and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas home. This decision has engendered much criticism. But the Atlantic staff writer Derek Thompson doesn’t think the vitriol is enough. “We should all be screaming mad about the state...
Countdown-to-39Day-Zero39-The-Water-Crisis-in-Cape-Townvideo
What happens when a major metropolitan area runs out of water? The 4.5 million residents of Cape Town are hoping they won’t have to find out. The South African city has been experiencing a severe water crisis since early 2017, when the municipal government began pleading with residents to...