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How trauma became the word of the decade

The very real psychiatric term has become so omnipresent in pop culture that some experts worry it’s losing its meaning.

Biden is defending key Trump immigration policies in court

The Justice Department is fighting to maintain Trump’s border restrictions and against compensation for separated families.

Peloton’s big whoops

The pandemic was the best thing that happened to Peloton until it was the worst.

The animal that’s everywhere and nowhere

Axolotls are among the most widespread amphibians on Earth. In the wild, they’re almost extinct.

The luxurious fantasy of suffering in Hanya Yanagihara’s novels

The author of A Little Life and To Paradise writes long, voluptuous books all about human pain.

You go viral overnight. Now how do you get rich?

Inside the fledgling cottage industry helping influencers make money.

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China’s Winter Olympics (feat. Covid-19)

The Games don’t begin until February 4, but the drama around the pandemic, free speech, and diplomatic boycotts has been building for months. NPR’s Emily Feng explains from Beijing.

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The Supreme Court will hear two cases that are likely to end affirmative action

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Welcome to the Memory Issue of the Highlight

Survivors of early school shootings reflect, the growing popularity of the word "trauma," scientists’ efforts to understand memory, and more.

The school shooting generation grows up

An early wave of survivors came of age in a wholly unprepared world. Now they’re in their 30s and 40s, grappling with the present.

Democrats have had enough of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s obstruction

Take a mental break with the newest Vox crossword

Biden promised a harder line on Saudi Arabia. Why can’t he deliver?

The best $65 I ever spent: A BDSM whip

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US policy is fueling Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

What Congress’s new election reform idea leaves out

Can Russia back down in Ukraine?

The hidden lesson in the new free Covid-19 tests

Thich Nhat Hanh’s final mindfulness lesson: How to die peacefully

Stop canceling normal people who go viral

What the Doomsday Clock is really counting down to

Democrats may have to sacrifice something big for the climate

Big Food is ready to sell you more plant-based meat

Cheer shows how fame changes everything

What’s the point of digital clothes?

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Are corporations winning at inflation?

If they are profiting from inflation, can we do anything about it?

One Good Thing: Nothing in Criminal Minds makes sense and it’s perfect

This map may make you feel better about the state of the planet

How to spot the signs of long Covid — and what to do next

The M&Ms are different now

The frustrating Covid-19 test reimbursement process is a microcosm of US health care

The parents of the youngest children are not okay

Why Covid-19 is always one step ahead of the US response

The voting rights push in Congress is over. The fight for democracy isn’t.

Texas went big on oil. Earthquakes followed.

Wordle is a deceptively easy game for burnt-out pandemic shut-ins

Biden’s immigration polices have left Haitians stranded in Mexico

The world has moved on from Colleyville. American Jews can’t.

Democrats’ failure on filibuster reform will haunt them

The Supreme Court breaks with Trump on January 6

It was a great day in the Supreme Court for the bribery of lawmakers

Democrats’ voting rights debacle

Biden’s offshore wind plan is also a jobs plan

Why 5G is causing flight cancellations

What you need to know about Biden’s free rapid test program

Could a universal Covid-19 vaccine defeat every variant?