Get ready for ‘Zoom rooms’ and decontamination zones in entryways

Illustration: Matt Williams

For many years, I happily worked from home in a kitchen counter setup that was ergonomically horrific but entirely my own. In March, my workspace was invaded; suddenly, people expected the kitchen to function as an actual kitchen — all day long. I could see (and hear) my husband’s office — formerly the dining room — from mine, and no one cared if I was on a call when they wanted to run the garbage disposal.

I’m far from alone in this new normal, and for many people, it won’t be temporary. A recent Gallup poll found that three in…


Silicon Valley CEO Chet Jainn flew to India to speak at a conference. His visa home was denied.

Photography by Charmaine Poh

This story is part of The Trump 45, a special package about Trump’s impact on individual lives.

By Chet Jainn, as told to Alyssa Giacobbe

I have always been an entrepreneur. I started my first company at 19. In 2014, I founded my current company, Crowdera, an online fundraising platform that works mainly with nonprofits. This was after more than 15 years working in both the U.S. and in India with companies like Xerox, eBay, and Pearson Education. We had offices in Silicon Valley and were close to opening one in Austin.

In July of 2017, I was invited to…


As the Trump administration greenlights drilling in ANWR, a native leader finds herself on the front lines

This story is part of The Trump 45, a special package about Trump’s impact on individual lives.

By Bernadette Demientieff, as told to Alyssa Giacobbe

I am part of a long line of people born into the Gwich’in Nation of Fort Yukon, Alaska. My mother was Gwich’in. So were my grandmother and my great grandmother. My five children, and five grandchildren, are Gwich’in, though it’s entirely possible there will be no native land left for them to inhabit by the time they are my age.

The Gwich’in are comprised of 14 different communities and about 9,000 people. For tens of…


Winemakers are working on unusual solutions to the problem of climate change

Photo: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty

Recently, wine critic, author, master sommelier, and, by extension, highly opinionated wine drinker Evan Goldstein was preparing to have guests over for dinner when he had a thought. “Hey Alexa,” he ventured. “What’s your favorite cabernet?” He didn’t need the advice, of course. But he couldn’t help but wonder just how soon it would be until a robot put him out of work.

The answer: Maybe sooner than he thought. “The cynical Evan Goldstein expected her to answer with whatever mass brand had bought its way to the top of her search function,” he says. But her choice of Chateau…


The New New

Due to shifting social norms and economic leaps, women are now as likely as men to have affairs

Illustration: Nicole Ginelli

Unlike most everything else she did in her life, Amanda, a 41-year-old executive at a Boston-area creative agency, began her affair without much thought. It was just drinks with an old friend. When drinks turned to dinner, and dinner turned to sleepovers four months in, she didn’t stop it. It wasn’t weakness at play, she thought, but something else.

“As awful as it was to my family, and I knew it was awful, I couldn’t resist the draw,” Amanda, whose name we have changed to protect her privacy, says today. She had a thriving career (and salary to match), plenty…


“They think we’re just going to be failures and drop out of school, but we really do try our hardest.”

Illustration: Claire Merchlinsky

Schenectady, New York

Medium: You live in Schenectady, New York?

Alana Williams: Yeah. I live with my mom and my siblings. Four siblings.

Are they older or younger?

They are all younger than me: 16, 12, eight, and six.

Do you get along?

Not really.

Do you try to spend less time around them? How do you deal with that?

Sometimes I go to my best friend’s house, or I sit in my living room so I can avoid arguing with them.

What do you think adults get wrong about your generation?

They think we’re just going to be failures and drop out of school, but we really do try our hardest. But school is just stressful, and they don’t understand that.

What keeps you up at night?

At night, what keeps me up is thinking about how my day was, if I had a bad day.

What’s a bad day?


“I think we are heading backwards as a society — in terms of what we value, who we uphold, how we communicate with each other.”

Illustration: Shannon Wright

Washington, D.C.

Medium: You’re attending Sidwell Friends. That’s a great school. Have you been there the whole time?

Jahari Shelton: Since ninth grade.

Are you applying to colleges?

Yes, ma’am.

Do you know what you want to study?

Likely political science and African-American studies.

Do you have a dream school in mind?

The dream school would probably be Stanford. That’s the dream.

I know you’re not old enough to vote, but when you are, what issues are most important to you?

I don’t think there is anything that is genuinely more important to me than anything else because nothing is particularly separate from one another. I try to be cognizant of all kinds of issues, not a specific one. But I will vote intentionally for a person who I consider to be the better candidate.

What do you think that adults get wrong about your generation?

That we’re apathetic when we’re probably the opposite. We’re probably the most conscious generation. That we won’t vote unless they make…


“We’re just trying to figure things out and figure out life.”

Illustration: Logan Faerber

Clovis, New Mexico

Medium: What year are you in, Mckenzie?

Mckenzie Marquez: I’m a senior.

Do you do well in school?

Yes.

You also work part-time at a Hawaiian shave ice place?

Yes.

How long have you been doing that?

Since last year, St. Patrick’s Day. That was my first day. Over a year.

Do you like it there?

Yeah.

What do you like about it?

It’s family. I get to work with family.

Your family owns it?

Yes.

What kinds of things do you do? Do you make the ice?

Yeah. I make the shave ice. I make the foods we have, and we have different kinds of drinks and energy drinks, and then I clean. I take orders, I get the money and all that.

Is it ever hard?

Yeah, sometimes.

How do you handle difficult customers?

I just continue to be nice and be myself. I don’t get rude or anything.

What keeps you up at night?

Like, what I go through with my cancer.

Are you in treatment now?

No. I finished chemo, but…


“The best thing about my generation is we’re stepping up to the plate.”

Illustration: Ricky Linn

Palmer, Alaska

Medium: You’re on the football team. What position do you play?

Zebediah Sheldon: I play nose guard.

Is your team good?

Yeah. We are five and one right now.

Do you like school?

I love school.

What else do you do besides football?

I do basketball, I’m in student government, I’m in key club, I’m in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and chess club. And then I do a couple extracurriculars outside of school.

Can you describe where you live? Is it a city? A small town?

I live in a city, but a lot of my family lives in villages. My main family is in Selawik, Alaska, which is in the Arctic region.

Has your family been in Alaska for a long time?

Yes. I was born and raised here, and so were my mom and dad.

And your grandparents, too?

One of my grandmas. My grandpa was originally from Mexico…


“I want to help younger generations break the cycle and know that they don’t have to necessarily leave home to be successful.”

Illustration: Rebecca Clarke

Onamia, Minnesota

Medium: Have you lived in central Minnesota your whole life?

Madison Sam: Yes, I have.

Who do you live with?

My grandpa, actually. I’ve lived with him since I was in the third grade.

Do you take care of your grandpa, or does he take care of you?

A little bit of both.

The Native band that you are part of is the Millie Lacs band?

It’s the Millie Lacs band of Ojibwe. There are separate Ojibwe bands throughout the state. There are seven major ones.

And do you live in a community that is only Millie Lacs band people?

Yes.

And is your school Ojibwe?

No, it’s a public school, in the town. There are non-Native American people that go there.

Is there a divide?

There used to be. The number of Native Americans in the school has gone up drastically since I started high school, and there used to be a lot of conflict. …

Alyssa Giacobbe

Writer: Entrepreneur, Architectural Digest, Women’s Health, the Boston Globe, among others. alyssagiacobbe.com

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