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Did the Covid-19 Olympics have to be a mess?

This year’s Olympics were always going to be a challenge. Now they’re a showcase for broader failures. Members of the Ugandan boxing team tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Tokyo back in June. In early July, a Serbian rower did too. The weekend before the Games began, the first people in the Tokyo Olympic Village tested positive for Covid-19;...

The opioid epidemic isn’t unsolvable

Firefighters and paramedics respond to a drug overdose during the Covid-19 pandemic on May 6, 2020, in Brooklyn, Maryland. | Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images There are real, evidence-based solutions to the drug overdose crisis. Last week, we got some terrible news: In 2020, the number of drug overdose deaths in the US reached their highest...

M. Night Shyamalan returns with Old, a floppy but haunting thriller about aging

Gael García Bernal is pretty confused in Old. | Universal Pictures It’s at its best when it’s at its weirdest. Few things are more delightful than a movie with one big, silly concept that it runs right into the ground. Plot? Who needs it! Character development? Unnecessary. The ship is sinking and everyone needs to get off; huge man-eating...

The surprising past, unlikely present, and uncertain future of Christmas in July

Santa chills on the beach in Finland in July 2003. | Pekka Aho/AFP/Getty Images The concept became associated with retail in the 20th century, but it was invented at a summer camp. Probably. In the summer of 1933, Fannie Holt, the co-founder of North Carolina’s Keystone Camp, invented an American tradition. Her invention may not have been...

Jane Goodall reveals what studying chimpanzees teaches us about human nature

British primatologist Jane Goodall at the chimpanzee enclosure at Australia’s Taronga Zoo in 2014. | Jeremy Piper/Newspix/Getty Images The renowned primatologist wants us to remember that humans aren’t so exceptional — we’re animals, too. When Jane Goodall was just 26 years old, she began trekking through the forests of Tanzania to study...

Democrats are going it alone on immigration reform

Supporters of immigration reform march to demand action from Congress on June 24, 2021, in Washington, DC. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/Green New Deal Network Immigration reform has long been elusive in Congress. Democrats may have a workaround. After years of failed bipartisan talks on immigration reform, Democrats in Congress are pushing...

An Indigenous firefighter explains how to better manage wildfires

Brady Highway, a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, assists on a prescribed burn in 2012. | Shanon Bond/Parks Canada First Nations bring generations of knowledge to the fight against climate-fueled blazes. This story is part of Down to Earth, a Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics...

The ballad of the Chowchilla bus kidnapping

Photographs by Marcus Russell Price for Vox In 1976, a school bus carrying 26 children and their driver disappeared from a small California town, capturing the world’s attention. Forty-five years later, we revisit the story. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,Because...

Democrats are going it alone on immigration reform

Supporters of immigration reform march to demand action from Congress on June 24, 2021, in Washington, DC. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/Green New Deal Network Immigration reform has long been elusive in Congress. Democrats may have a workaround. After years of failed bipartisan talks on immigration reform, Democrats in Congress are pushing...

Prom, after a senior year interrupted

Joviana Duhaney and her prom date, Warren Aime, leave a Wendy’s in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, before heading to their prom. | Hannah Yoon for Vox For prom queen Joviana Duhaney, the night almost felt normal. On an evening in early June, Joviana Duhaney was surprised to find herself inside a gorgeous mansion, crowned her high school’s...

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