Robots now work alongside humans in Amazon warehouses.

From Retail to Robots: The Amazon Invasion

Amazon warehouse jobs are labor-intensive, with workers reporting minimal breaks and long periods on their feet. “Don’t work here,” one New Jersey warehouse worker warned a new colleague....


Love, On Our Last Day on Earth

  And discovering what is important The day the world was supposed to end was marked with freezing, gusty winds that shook the bare tree branches so violently I thought they’d snap off. The...


The Unseen Plight of Amazon Warehouse Workers

Amazon’s fulfillment centers operate like fast-paced machines, as employees rush to unload, sort and pack millions of products every day. The goal is to satisfy consumers. But data obtained by a...


Facing “Robot Journalism”

Robots may be writing more stories – but journalists are skeptical that they can move hearts and minds the way humans can.   Today, the passion of the journalist is being put to the test....


On (Not) Working for the Man

    College graduates who can’t find the right jobs are increasingly starting their own businesses, or supplementing low-paid or unsatisfying work with freelance gigs that engage their...


Migration Conflicts Fuel the Rise of the Italian Right

On a quiet Saturday in February 2018, 28-year-old Luca Traini stepped out of his car in the central Italian town of Macerata and climbed the steps of a Mussolini-era war memorial. The former political...


Sound City

Its passion for music, and nurturing of some of the world’s most renowned composers, helped Bologna become a UNESCO City of Music. This city sings: walk down a single porticoed street, and you...


Where Gay (and other open-hearted) Travelers are Welcome

Bologna’s long tradition of accepting marginalized people has led to a thriving LGBT community As the epicenter of LGBT activism in Italy, Bologna is a great travel destination — not just...


The Happiest Hour

Hundreds of Bolognese enjoy apertivo hour on Via Zamboni, in the city’s university district. Photo by Olivia Whelan Join the Bolognese for “aperitivo”  — a very Italian way to...


My Life as a Sugar Baby

I decided to investigate the burgeoning business of older men paying younger women for companionship and sex. I soon began to wonder: could this be a socially acceptable way out of poverty? I was on...