1/5 Since January, @emmaogreen has been interviewing newsmakers, scholars, and everyday people about some of the most challenging questions facing the country. Today, we’re giving a name to these conversations: “The Atlantic Interview.” theatlantic.com/projects/atlan…
2/5 Emma talked with John Seago, the legislative director of Texas Right to Life, who shepherded Texas’s new abortion law, about what it would mean for the country if the procedure was completely illegal: theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
3/5 A month after the Capitol insurrection, Emma spoke with Eric Metaxas, a staunch Donald Trump defender, Christian writer, and radio host, about why he had come to believe that he was righteous for questioning the 2020 election: theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
4/5 During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the former gymnast Rachael Denhollander explained why watching the Games was so difficult for her—and how Simone Biles’s decision to step back from competing is reshaping how athletes and coaches think about safety:

5/5 Every week, Emma will continue to talk with—and challenge—people whose ideas push the boundaries of social issues, faith and religion, and politics. You can find those interviews here: theatlantic.com/projects/atlan…

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16 Sep
1/5 New technologies are making it easy for historical Black images to be manipulated—and raising questions about who owns the Black body, Latria Graham writes. theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
2/5 One example: MyHeritage, an online genealogy platform that uses an artificial-intelligence software called Deep Nostalgia. The site’s users can upload photos of long-deceased relatives to the website, which animates their ancestors with motions such as smiles and head turns.
3/5 “The site tells users that the software ‘is intended for nostalgic use, that is, to bring beloved ancestors back to life,’ and warns that it is not built for more nefarious purposes, such as creating ‘deep fakes’ of living people,” Graham reports.
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1/10 It was once a struggle to get Black characters on TV. Yet even today, as streaming services advertise “Black Lives Matter” and “Representation Matters” collections, Black screenwriters often navigate a set of implicit rules. @hannahgiorgis reports: on.theatln.tc/NdmL2GF
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