Tens of thousands of people have been laid off from large tech and media companies in the past 12 months. The reasons for this are not obvious.
Sleep is both a need and a ritual.
Shirley Li on what makes a good awards-show speech, the potential nominees to watch, and the movies that shouldn’t be overlooked
In a worrying sign, an election denier allegedly masterminded a series of shootings in New Mexico.
The torrent of investor money that flowed into crypto is now hitting the AI scene. We’re already seeing the results.
It’s not all the internet’s fault.
An ode to a natural gift that could melt away
Rebecca Rashid, the producer of the Atlantic podcast How to Build a Happy Life, talks about the science of happiness.
Elizabeth Bruenig reflects on writing about—and witnessing—capital punishment in America.
The science behind our most graceless moments
Faith Hill offers advice on creating new rituals, taking solitude breaks, and having actual fun.
“It’s going to be fascinating to see how people incorporate this second brain into their job,” Derek Thompson says.
How our brains get tricked into spending money
Space reporter Marina Koren on NASA’s plans to travel to the moon, Mars, and Europa—and why it is now studying UAPs
Life is an accident of space and time.
The Afghan journalist Bushra Seddique on America, gratitude, and fried turkey
Human food rituals are unique to our species.
Franklin Foer discusses what makes this year’s game so hard to watch—and what it says about the world in 2022.
Clint Smith discusses how Germany remembers the Holocaust—and why the process of atonement in America must look different.
And everything we don’t know