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Olga Khazan


What Bosses Really Think of Remote Workers

COMMENTARY | People Who Work From Home Get Fewer Raises and Promotions. But There Might be a Way to Avoid the Remote-work Penalty.

Digital Government

You’re Gonna Miss Zoom When It’s Gone

For people like me, who have social anxiety, videoconferencing can be easier than in-person interactions.


Americans Aren’t Actually Quarantining

Many states have quarantine requirements for visitors, but only one really enforces them: Hawaii.


How to Tell If Socializing Indoors Is Safe

As the weather gets colder, many Americans have no idea whether hanging out with other people inside is risky. That’s a big problem.


Why Can’t We Just Have Class Outside?

It might be the answer to America’s school-reopening problem.


Why People Loot

On who looters are, what they want, and why some protests are more likely to include them.


A Hidden COVID-19 Risk Factor: Your Boss

America’s flawed approach to sick leave is making the pandemic worse.


We’ll Be Wearing Things on Our Faces for a Long Time

You can choose between a mask and a face shield, but you can’t choose nothing.


Work From Home Is Here to Stay

The future of jobs after the pandemic is a blurry mix of work, life, pajamas, and Zoom.


Grocery Stores Are the Coronavirus Tipping Point

Even one of the last bastions of normal American life could not escape the outbreak.


Amazon Confirms First Known Coronavirus Case in an American Warehouse

Workers at the Queens, New York, facility say employees were expected to come in for their night shift after the case was identified. Amazon denies this.


The Opioid Epidemic Might Be Much Worse Than We Thought

A new paper suggests that death certificates dramatically undercounted the number of people dying from opioid overdoses.


What Happened to the Anti-Alcohol Movement?

Unlike in previous generations, hardly any formal organizations are pushing to reduce the amount that Americans drink.


Why Opioids Are ‘An Everything Problem’

New research supports the idea that economic distress sparked the opioid epidemic. But others say the true causes are far more complicated.


The Trouble With America’s Water

Lead-tainted drinking water is not only a problem in Flint and Newark.


What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill

As Americans sink under medical expenses, debt collectors go to great—and sometimes strange—lengths to collect.


The Misplaced Optimism in Legal Pot

A new study throws cold water on hopes that more liberal cannabis policies could stem the opioid epidemic.


Frigid Offices Might Be Killing Women’s Productivity

As their goosebumps have long suggested, women perform better on tests of cognitive function at toastier room temperatures.


Invisible Middlemen Are Slowing Down American Health Care

Nurses spend 16 hours on the phone, medications take months to arrive, and patients suffer as they wait.