Latest from Ellen McCarthy

MacArthur will give 25 new fellows $625,000 each to pursue ‘high-risk, high-reward’ work

Author Ibram X. Kendi, poet Reginald Dwayne Betts and virologist Trevor Bedford are among the 2021 MacArthur “geniuses.”
  • Sep 28, 2021

Kids are finally back at school. Parents are trying to reclaim their sanity.

The chaotic days of Zoom kindergarten and work-from-home are largely over — but some parents are still holding their breath about their unvaccinated kids.
  • Sep 23, 2021

The summer before 9/11

Freewheeling. Foreboding. Then came the fall.
  • Sep 3, 2021

The 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul airport attack

The U.S. toll from the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport has come into sharper focus as the identities of 13 killed U.S. service members begin to emerge.
  • Aug 29, 2021

#MeToo raised awareness about sexual misconduct. Has it curbed bad behavior?

Some men might not have gotten the message. But now, it might cost them.
  • Aug 14, 2021

Many parents still haven’t gotten their adolescent kids vaccinated. What are they waiting for?

It’s not just anti-vaxxers and covid deniers who are hesitant to take their teenagers to the vaccination clinic.
  • Aug 2, 2021

In Official Washington, Chasten Buttigieg is a stranger in a (very) strange land

Pete Buttigieg knows exactly what he’s doing here. His husband, Chasten, is still trying to figure it out.
  • Jul 26, 2021

We don’t know how to get dressed anymore

And our pants don’t fit.
  • Jun 5, 2021

The pandemic changed everything about family life. These are the parts parents want to keep.

We asked parents to tell us, as we start to see light at the end of this pandemic tunnel: What is one change you’d like to carry with you into post-pandemic life? These are their answers.
  • Apr 27, 2021