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Welcome to the Family Issue of The Highlight

They lost parents to Covid-19. Are we abandoning them?

The number of American kids whose caregivers have died in the pandemic has surpassed 140,000.

The age of monsters

In the ’80s and ’90s, kids’ media was full of murder and mayhem. What changed?

The morbid appeal of “botched” plastic surgery

Cosmetic procedures are on the rise. So is our voyeuristic fascination with how they go wrong.

Can a haunted house even scare us in 2021?

When a pandemic rages just outside our doors, maybe escapism is all we can hope for.

House isn’t selling? Blame the ghosts.

Realtor? Check. Appraiser? Check. Ghostbuster? Check.

Welcome to the Horror Issue

The horror century

From the first morbid films a hundred years ago, scary movies always been a dark mirror on Americans’ deepest fears and anxieties.

Apple picking is a bizarre imitation of hard work

Oh, the performative faux labor of it all.

Healing, a saga

For protesters, trauma lingers long after the marching ends

The sad, predictable limits of America’s “economic recovery”

Officially, the Covid-19 recession lasted just two months. So why are so many still suffering?

When quitting your job feels like the only option

The summer that wasn’t

How your favorite jeans might be fueling a human rights crisis

Cotton’s connection to forced labor by Uyghurs in Xinjiang ought to have you rethinking fast fashion.

My nemesis, the piano

A vacation town promises rest and relaxation. The water knows the truth.

On the Georgia coast, leisure and a grim history of slavery co-exist.

The complicated reality of doing what you love

How Martha’s Vineyard became a Black summertime sanctuary

The story of amusement parks is the story of America

With all of its sparkle and chipped paint.

Welcome to the Leisure Issue of the Highlight

It’s hard to be a moral person. Technology is making it harder.

Why school lunches feel like they’re frozen in time

LA’s favorite flea market is a teen fashion paradise

Cops at the schoolyard gate

The best four years of your life?

Dropping out helped me see the lies we’re sold about the college experience.

How Emily Oster became one of the most respected — and reviled — voices of the pandemic

Welcome to the Schools Issue of the Highlight

The ballad of the Chowchilla bus kidnapping

In 1976, a school bus carrying 26 children and their driver disappeared from a small California town. Forty-five years later, we revisit the story.

The surprisingly political history of K-pop

Criticism’s lack of diversity is hurting movies, TV, music, and more

A sci-fi writer got meta about gender. The internet responded by ruining her life.

Why hit songs suddenly matter more than the stars that sing them

Welcome to the Gatekeepers Issue of The Highlight

Is the teen girl the most powerful force in pop culture?

“Friends” and the illusion of perfect adult friendships

The TV show sold us an idealized vision of these relationships. For young adults, the real thing is far harder to find.

Who pays?

As dating and marriage evolve, so is the way couples tackling the uncomfortable question.

How can we make it right? What the world’s religions have to say about justice.

The battle for the future of “gig” work

Ride-sharing companies are pushing to make a third category of "independent" worker the law of the land. Drivers say the notion of independence is little more than a mirage.

What we owe and are owed

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