The Real Reason Gym Class Is Terrible

From The Atlantic. Why do kids hate gym class? The reasons are coming into focus, and they make a convincing case for restructuring physical education programs entirely. In this episode of the Idea File, Atlantic staff writer Alia Wong exposes the hidden costs of P.E. and its negligible impact on physical fitness. Subscribe to The…

He’s Evangelical. He’s Progressive. And He Wants Your Vote.

From The Atlantic. “I’m running as a Republican because I am a Republican,” says Robb Ryerse in the short documentary True Believer. The confusion, though, is understandable—Ryerse, who ran for the Republican seat in Arkansas’s third Congressional district last year, isn’t his party’s boilerplate candidate. His beliefs could be perceived as dichotomous: He’s an Evangelical…

The Office of Missing Children

From The Atlantic. “I was home when I saw two vans pull up. They opened the van, and out came the kids. They were all walking in a line. I don’t know what’s actually going on in there. I hope they’re okay.” When a concerned neighbor sent this to Reveal from the Center for Investigative…

The Rat Apocalypse in New Zealand

From The Atlantic. New Zealand has a rat problem. The non-native rodent is partially responsible for driving a quarter of the nation’s birds to extinction. To save the native species, New Zealand has launched an ambitious plan to eradicate every single rat on the island. For more, read Ed Yong’s Atlantic article, “New Zealand’s War…

Why Being Skinny Used to Be Easier

From The Atlantic. More than a third of adults in the United States are obese. This statistic is often attributed to a confluence of unhealthy dietary practices, sedentary lifestyles, and genetics. But we may be missing the bigger picture. A 2015 study revealed that people today are 10 percent heavier than they were in the…

The Faroe Islands Trail Runner

From The Atlantic. Sometimes, when Sverri Steinholm is in the midst of a particularly difficult trail run, he wonders why he puts his body through these feats of endurance in the first place. “Why are you doing this stupid thing?” he thinks to himself. “I’ll never do it again.” But he always does. “I have…

He Fought for Migrant Kids. Then He Got Rich.

From The Atlantic. Juan Sanchez built a career as an advocate for Latino kids, and founded the nation’s largest network of migrant shelters to help “keep families together,” he said. But critics and former colleagues say that Sanchez became the very force he once fought against. Here’s how a champion for social justice became a…

The Double Life of a Truck Driver

From The Atlantic. Deep within Trump’s America, destitute truck drivers confide their anxieties, frustrations, hopes, and fears to the chaplain of a mobile chapel. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/595678/truck-driver-chapel/ “Destination Park” was directed by Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Andrew Cohn (http://seven34films.com). It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of documentary films from independent creators, curated…

Work Is the New God

From The Atlantic. Should a job provide a paycheck or a purpose? Traditional religion lends some people meaning, community, and self-actualization. For many Americans, work has stepped in to fill that role. But this all-encompassing worship of work is setting us up for mass anxiety and inevitable burnout, says Atlantic staff writer Derek Thompson. For…

Inside America’s Ridiculously Old-Fashioned Gun-Tracing Center

From The Atlantic. The National Tracing Center in West Virginia is the only facility in the country that tracks firearms from a manufacturer to a purchaser. Go inside this small federal agency that traces nearly 400,000 guns to their owners every year to help solve violent crimes. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/595612/firearm-tracing-division/ “Guns Found Here” was directed by…

George Was the Last of His Kind

From The Atlantic. Snails in Hawaii are disappearing faster than any animal on the planet. “This is happening so fast, it’s as if something really catastrophic is happening in the world right now,” says scientist Dave Sischo, who is fighting to save Hawaii’s snail populations. For more, read Ed Yong’s Atlantic article, “The Last of…

The Death of the Non-Unanimous Jury

From The Atlantic. The legacy of Jim Crow continues to loom large in the United States. But nowhere is it arguably more evident than in Louisiana. In 1898, a constitutional convention successfully codified a slew of Jim Crow laws in a flagrant effort to disenfranchise black voters and otherwise infringe on their rights. “Our mission…

‘The Hum’: The Unexplained Noise 2% of People Can Hear

From The Atlantic. A man is tormented by a low-frequency humming sound emanating from his house. Could it be the “hum,” a mysterious noise heard around the world by thousands of people? Or is that just a collective delusion? Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/593992/doom-vibrations/ “Doom Vibrations” was directed by Garret Harkawik (https://www.garretharkawik.com/). It is part of The…