Olga Khazan

Olga Khazan

Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World.

The Three Personalities of America, Mapped

People in different regions of the U.S. have measurably different psychological profiles.

The Trouble With America’s Water

Lead-tainted drinking water is not only a problem in Flint and Newark.

Why So Many People Hate Winter

Science suggests that there are two types of people who tolerate the cold well. Sadly, I’m neither.

The Police Brutality Video That Still Haunts McKinney, Texas

Three years after an infamous pool-party incident, I returned to find suburbanites who feel threatened, a mayor and activists at odds, and socioeconomic divisions that persist.

A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution

A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetes.

A jogger in St. Petersburg, Florida

The States That Exercise Least

A new CDC report highlights geographical trends in leisure-time physical activity.

A sign warns residents of water restrictions in Cape Town, South Africa, in October.

Cape Town Residents Adjust to a Water Diet

From showering in buckets to special pee spray, here’s how they’re coping with water restrictions.

Food Swamps Are the New Food Deserts

It’s not just a lack of grocery stores that’s making us fat. It’s an overabundance of fast food.

Are Safe-Injection Sites a Solution for Addicts Who Just Can't Quit?

Seattle is poised to become the first U.S. city to allow nurse-supervised heroin use. But the pushback has been relentless.

A young black boy stands on a sidewalk

The Awful Legacy of Lead

Exposure to the toxin leads to higher risk of miscarriages, new research finds, in addition to other long-lasting effects.

Tomatoes, scallions, asparagus, and other vegetables spread out on a table

For Peak Happiness, Spend Money to Save Time

A study suggests time-saving services like meal delivery and housekeepers boost life satisfaction—for the purchaser, of course.

A man climbs on a garbage dump in a wooded area

How Unemployment Feeds the Opioid Epidemic

Several studies suggest the drug crisis might be at least partly the result of widespread joblessness.

Hundreds of people line up in the early morning to attend a free clinic in Smyth County, Virginia, in 2016.

The Dramatic Health Disparities Between Rich and Poor Americans

When it comes to unequal health outcomes, the U.S. is outranked only by Portugal and Chile, a new study finds.

An old sign is seen in Booneville, Owsley County, Kentucky, in 2012

Where Life Expectancy Is Dipping Across America

In 13 counties, residents can expect to die younger than their parents.

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How Unemployment Fuels America's Opioid Crisis

A new study backs up the notion that overdose deaths are “deaths of despair,” brought on by joblessness, hopelessness, and both physical and emotional pain.

How to Break the Dangerous Cycle of Loneliness

Social isolation kills, and in the process it makes it harder to reach out to others. A psychologist explains how to stop the feedback loop.

The Geography of Medical Debt

The prevalence of unpaid medical bills varies widely by state, but it affects the South disproportionately.

Why Are So Many Americans Dying Young?

A new pair of studies show why—and where—American life expectancy has grown worse in a generation.

Rio Is Building Igloos of Poop to Fix the Sewage Problem

As the government breaks its pledge to clean waterways, one community shows how it can be done.

How Noise Pollution Hurts Kids

Studies suggest learning is harder in loud environments, and poor kids may suffer disproportionately.

The Stigma of Running an Abortion Clinic in a Conservative Town

The Supreme Court struck down a law that would close many Texas clinics. But in conservative areas, staying open is just the start.