Stephanie Hayes
Stephanie Hayes
Stephanie Hayes is an assistant editor at The Atlantic.
  • Peter Nicholls

    Anne Garréta’s Very Different Sort of Confessional Writing

    The experimental novelist’s newly translated work tackles assumptions about the genre—with surprising results.

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    The Unfit President

    Unlike George W. Bush and Barack Obama before him, Trump doesn’t seem to care about working out or eating healthy.

  • James Walton

    Do People Need Small Talk to Be Happy?

    In one study, college students who had substantive conversations were more content than their peers who exchanged mere pleasantries. But don’t write off chitchat just yet.

  • James Walton

    The Science of Beer Goggles

    Alcohol makes people impulsive, vain, and uncharitable—and it just might help them maintain committed relationships.

  • The Kidcasts Are Coming

    Back in March, I asked: Where are all the kidcasts? Podcasts had been proliferating, and children learn by listening, so I wondered why adults weren’t making more podcasts for kids. After chatting with producers, parents, and people in the industry, I learned that the hole wasn’t the result of insufficient interest, but of a dearth of data and lack of precedent. 

    In the weeks that followed, I received dozens of reader emails from people working to fill that void. One high-school teacher in Minneapolis had started a podcast called How to be a Grownup to provide his students with life advice and adult role models. A husband-and-wife duo from L.A. were well into their first season of Ear Snacks, a playful show for children 11 and under, packed with kid voices, jokes, and original music. I was also alerted to Shabam!, a quirky ‘cast that follows three children using science to solve their problems during a zombie outbreak. Meanwhile, in Roam Schooled, a musician, sound engineer, and intrepid dad named Jim Brunberg ventures out in his ‘91 Winnebago and seeks answers to questions from his twin daughters in the backseat.

    The kidcast space is already looking less empty.

  • Deep Velllum

    The Challenge of Genderless Characters

    What a 30-year-old novel reveals about hidden biases

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    Where Are All the Kidcasts?

    Kids learn from podcasts, so why aren’t adults making more for them?

  • Frederick Douglass in The Atlantic

    Like a president on a dollar bill, the bust of Douglass rests, regal, before a backdrop of newsprint:

    That Google Doodle of the abolitionist, women’s rights activist, orator, and one of the earliest contributors to The Atlantic commemorated the beginning of Black History Month yesterday. And the drawing’s background is fitting: The written word was central to both his escape from slavery and to the broader abolitionist movement.

    Douglass’s own interest in education was ignited at a young age, when his slave master read him Bible passages. Soon, he was using any means he could to inform himself. He acquired books, learned to spell, and, with coins earned from shining shoes, secretly purchased a copy of The Columbian Orator, a text that supposedly taught him about humanity and eloquence. Of this volume he wrote: “Nevertheless, the increase of knowledge was attended with bitter, as well as sweet results. The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest slavery, and my enslavers.”

    After escaping his enslavers, Douglass dedicated himself to the cause of abolitionism, touring the country to speak, penning not one but three autobiographies, and publishing an anti-slavery newspaper called The North Star. Shortly thereafter, he began contributing to The Atlantic, where he wrote two of the magazine’s most influential articles on the rights of African Americans.

  • Marco Goran

    A Strategic Guide to Swearing

    The professional benefits of using curse words

  • Jenny Westerhoff

    Man Booker Shortlist 2015: Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life

    Reviewing the first of the six books on the literary prize’s shortlist.