The president signed what he called a “landmark” bill to fight opioid addiction, but drug-policy experts and Democrats say it’s at best a step in the right direction.
Before Roots, Star Trek, and Reading Rainbow, the actor had chosen to devote his life to the Catholic Church.
The artist behind Barack Obama’s presidential portrait talks about developing his skills at a junk store.
The author Elizabeth Kolbert on why she went into journalism and the myriad futures she imagined for herself
The actress talks about first jobs, switching schools, and finally telling her parents about her dream of acting
An awareness campaign by the U.S. Surgeon General has led to a surge in demand for the overdose-reversal drug.
A new middle school in Washington, D.C., wants to help bridge the racial and economic gaps in tech.
Overdoses in public bathrooms are turning baristas and other service workers into unwitting first responders.
The performer did everything from cleaning pool locker rooms to children’s theater before landing major acting gigs.
Certain ingredients are pushing people of color away from good skin care.
Apple’s new watch can screen for heart problems. But doctors are increasingly worried about the dangers of testing healthy people for disease.
A recent poll suggests many doctors aren’t warning elderly patients of the risks when prescribing painkillers.
The actor worked in finance and at a strip club before committing to comedy.
Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of Hidden Figures, on figuring out when to leave a job
Two Atlantic staffers discuss the writer Alexia Arthurs’s bright, complex debut collection of short stories and the larger tradition of immigrant literature from which it draws.
Why the founder of Girls Who Code stayed in a role she hated before leaving the private sector
The historian Nell Painter discusses her lifelong love of art, and how it felt to finally pursue her dream after she left the workplace.
How the activist made a career of social justice.
Lemuel Butler, one of the world’s most celebrated baristas, had a string of odd jobs and dropped out of college before devoting himself to his craft.
How Paulette Jordan’s roots influenced her campaign to become the first Native American governor in the United States
How the writer Leslie Jamison navigated service jobs, elite institutions, and alcoholism