To Test a Vaccine for COVID-19, Should Volunteers Risk their Lives?
Larissa MacFarquhar on a potentially lethal form of medical research. Plus, Jelani Cobb on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery; and a short story about a very boring Memorial Day.
May 22, 2020
Jill Lepore on How a Pandemic Ends
A historian revisits a stay-at-home campaign from the polio years, and three mayors discuss the challenges of ending the lockdown. Plus, Jia Tolentino talks with Perfume Genius.
May 15, 2020
Trump Versus the Governors
Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer on clashing with the President while fighting a pandemic. Plus, Edwidge Danticat on how the coronavirus outbreak affects her neighbors in Miami’s Little Haiti.
May 8, 2020
The Pandemic Crisis Inside America’s Prisons and Jails
With prisoners and corrections officers at risk from COVID-19, states are moving to release some inmates. Plus, the pathbreaking rap of Chika, and Mike Birbiglia imagines his death.
May 1, 2020
A City at the Peak of Crisis
April 15th was estimated to be the apex of COVID-19 in New York. New Yorker writers fanned out across the city to document twenty-four hours at the epicenter.
April 24, 2020
The Coronavirus and Climate Change, the Great Crises of Our Time
We face two crises of the natural world: a novel virus causing a sudden pandemic, and the ongoing climate emergency. What can one teach us about the other?
April 17, 2020
Amid a Pandemic, Catharsis at Seven O’Clock
David Remnick on a city’s daily ritual; how COVID-19 exacerbates the inequities of the health-care system; and Yiyun Li reads “War and Peace” during quarantine.
April 10, 2020
Exploitation in the Amazon, and Why We Underestimated COVID-19
Jon Lee Anderson on Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to legalize mining on indigenous lands. And an expert on human behavior discusses why it’s hard to grasp the threat of the coronavirus.
April 3, 2020
Washington Grapples with COVID-19
Susan Glasser on Trump’s coronavirus response and how the virus may shape the 2020 election. Plus: E.R. doctors confront the crisis, and Jia Tolentino on keeping sane in isolation.
March 27, 2020
The Shock Wave of COVID-19
David Remnick talks with doctors, journalists, essential workers, and a bioethicist to understand the scope of the pandemic’s damage.
March 20, 2020