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First Person

First-person essays and interviews with unique perspectives on complicated issues.

The hell that is remote learning, explained in a comic

The best $40 I ever spent: A not-quite-tarot deck

From BTS fandom to video games: How 4 new friendships formed during lockdown

Meet the students thriving in remote learning

I did Shop With a Cop as a kid. Now I realize it was police propaganda.

The best $141 I ever spent: A skateboard

The NBA strike is a big moment for athlete activism — and the labor movement in America

What it’s like working at the polls in the middle of a pandemic

1 in 3 Black Americans knows someone who died of Covid-19. These stories capture the toll taken by the disease.

“I miss my friends a lot”: 5 students on the uncertainty of school openings

“For the first time in my life, I had money in my savings”: Workers on the relief of the $600 weekly benefit

The unexpected joy of the worst summer of our lives

The best 80 cents I ever spent: A pen I use to write to my friends

3 renters on getting screwed over by landlords during the Covid-19 housing crisis

A police officer killed my father 27 years ago and went unpunished. It changed my life forever.

Worried parents have become an easy target for online misinformation in this pandemic

The best $295 I ever spent: Spanish classes as a Latina in Trump’s America

How some Black Americans are finding solace in African spirituality

How anti-vaxxers are thinking about a Covid-19 vaccine

It’s “white supremacy normalized”: A historian on why Stone Mountain should come down

Meet the 2020 grads entering the bleakest economy in decades

The best $129 I ever spent: Baby formula

The case for unschooling

I am Native American and a former football player. Our history is much darker than racist mascots.

Money Talks: The couple navigating child care in the pandemic

My patient caught Covid-19 twice. So long to herd immunity hopes?

The best $14 I ever spent: A plastic kiddie pool

5 first-time protesters on why they showed up for Black lives now

Beauty companies are changing skin-whitening products. But the damage of colorism runs deeper.

Money Talks: The friends who met raising money to feed Black Lives Matter protesters

1960s coverage of Stonewall shows that mainstream press has always struggled to cover protests

How a 50-year-old report predicted America’s current racial reckoning

Global protests reveal that white supremacy is a problem everywhere

For contact tracing to work, public health authorities must regain the trust of Black communities

Why organizers are fighting to center black trans lives right now

Indigenous communities have moved powwows to the internet

“It may be that I never go back to the grading system”

My cousin was killed in the Charleston church shootings. Here’s what happens after the cameras leave.

Minnesota’s unrest is decades in the making. Most Americans just forgot that black Midwesterners exist.

Money Talks: They’ve been together for 15 years and are never getting married. It makes money complicated.