One of the fastest growing groups of Americans is made up of people who don't identify with any organized faith. What's been making people leave religious institutions, and how are they replacing them? In the first episode of our series "Turning Points," we explore how people find meaning and community in today's increasingly fractured world.
How can a struggling generation of young people transform Italy’s future? Ten years after the global financial crisis, Italy’s economy is stagnant. Its youth unemployment rate is among the highest in Europe—more than 30 percent. Amid a transformative political shift to the right that could reshape the European Union as a whole, we look to Italy’s younger generation for answers. Some millennials are turning to the traditions of the past, working to bring them into the future; others are choosing to go their own way. Can they strike a balance between tradition and modernization, between individualism and family?
Why are we all so stressed out? An experiential journey that explores the proliferation of stress and burnout in an increasingly complicated, frenetic world.
Part I: Should Life Be THIS Stressful? Stress. Anxiety. Burnout. It’s a given that most of us are pretty worn out—from the pressures of work and personal finances, to social injustices and partisan politics. We now live in a world in which a stressful life is considered a normal life. And with the prevalence of smartphones and social media, anxiety triggers are right at our fingertips. So how do we fix this problem?
Part II: Battling the Tech Addiction that Hijacked Our Brains With their invention of pioneering apps and can't-put-down devices, a small group of young people in Silicon Valley set the wheels in motion for society to become distracted, disconnected, and depressed. Now, some of them are trying to reverse the damage, and many are raising their own children screen-free. Aza Raskin, the creator of the infinite scroll, who played an outsize role in today’s tech-obsessed climate, offers his insight. And we dive inside the lives of the children who attend the Rudolf Steiner School, an alternative screen-free school in New York City.
Part III: The Real Reason Doctors Burn Out How can we be cared for by people who are just as stressed and unwell as we are? Doctors have the highest rates of burnout and suicide than any other profession, and the crisis has reached a tipping point. What's going on beneath the surface?
Before Netflix, we’d journey on Friday nights to the neighborhood Blockbuster for a stack of DVDs and a bag of candy. This was an essential part of many childhoods around the world. While this experience is no more, most of us recall it fondly. Now, there’s just one Blockbuster left in America—in Bend, Oregon—and folks still flock to it for flicks. We traveled to Bend to see if our memories hold true, and examined why we so often yearn for the way things used to be. Does nostalgia serve us well?
America’s opioid epidemic continues to ravage every area of the country; today, opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 50, before car crashes and heart disease. But what caused things to become so dire, and how can we curb this crisis? In many ways, the first step to solving the opioid epidemic may begin with all of us.
Like air, food, and water, sleep is integral to our health—and to our survival. And yet, we certainly don’t treat it that way. In fact, as a society, we’ve long been struggling with insomnia, sleep deprivation, and other forms of sleeplessness. So, why do we sleep? I take a generational look at the subject, thanks to a feature my mother, Ellie Dylan, reported exactly 40 years ago. This is a bedtime story for America—a journey through time that brings us back to the first sleep studies on REM sleep, uncovering how things got so bad, and what we can do to change our habits—and our lives. Real counting sheep included.
Tens of thousands of feral and stray cats roam the streets of New York. How we should deal with the overpopulation has been contentiously debated for decades. a vimeo staff pick!
I wrote (and made a short doc) about how we—the millennials—are beginning to think about how we’ll care for our aging parents.
Where in the world has all of the silence gone? A meditation on quiet, noise, and our need to find peace within ourselves.
Deep in a forest in North Carolina lies a community of people who’ve left their jobs, given up their cell phones, and seceded. Are we living in the real world, or are they?
I spent time with some of Tokyo's loneliest people, and spoke with a few who're beginning to open up.
watch them whip, and read how they do it. a special for The New Yorker’s annual style issue.
Before heading to Japan to pursue this story, I learned some very important lessons!
They’re recognizable by their overstuffed backpacks, dogs, and cardboard panhandling signs. They’ve been given many labels: gutter punks, crusties, street kids. In New York, their base is the East Village, that longtime hub for young people on the fringes; when the weather grows cold, many will hitchhike or “hop freight” to warmer cities in the South or out West. Read the full piece.
Remember Hawaii’s false missile alarm? We’d spent time in the state’s emergency management bunker just eighteen hours before. Here’s a story about how, if a major disaster were to *actually* happen — and our cellphones didn’t work and the internet went down — an unexpected group of hobbyists would keep us connected...and save the day.
NBC Left Field’s first collaboration with MSNBC, featuring Jacob Soboroff.
Throughout Italy, pizza, pasta, and everything in between are increasingly being served up “senza glutine,” alongside beloved gluten-laden originals. Are more Italians being diagnosed with celiac disease or has America's gluten-free fad finally arrived in the gluten capital of the world?
what does the future look like for america’s wild horses?
How the people of Kotoura, Japan (just 650 miles away from North Korea) are preparing for the worst.
Across the world, almost a third of humanity can no longer see the Milky Way at night.
In 1979, my mother was twenty-seven, single, and living in New York City. Thirty-seven years later, in 2016, I was in the exact spot. Here’s a multi-generational look at the complexities of finding love in New York. <3
i produced the whole series!
Meet the man behind New York City's subway announcements.
The way in which we commonly perceive so-called magic mushrooms—as the means to youthful psychedelic adventure—is undergoing a radical transformation. As Michael Pollan reports in this week’s issue of the magazine, doctors at major medical institutions have been using the hallucinogen psilocybin, the mushrooms’ active ingredient, to treat anxiety and “existential distress” in cancer patients.
we reported on the beginnings of California’s drought.
Humans have always needed help giving birth, and Cesarean sections are a popular approach. But how many of them have been unnecessary? Read the full piece here.
Can a cheap, portable microscope revolutionize global health?
In 1963, a patent was filed for a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette,” but the invention never took off. Fifty years later, electronic cigarettes—e-cigs, as they’re known—have mushroomed into a billion-dollar industry. Read the full post.
one refugee’s long journey to new york. read the full post.
Richard Brody, the editor of the movies section in Goings On About Town, has been at the magazine for more than a decade. We sat down with Brody to discuss the art of critiquing, watching, and being consumed by the cinema.
what’s a surfer’s saturday at rockaway beach like?
How to properly flavor a dish is considered, by most of us, to be a vexing affair. In the kitchen, I’ve got a piece of meat, or a bowl of pasta, or a steaming vegetable, set before me; how do I season these in a surprising way? Read how to truly spice it up.