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A selection of Jessica DuLong’s features, interviews, profiles, and essays.

The 9/11 rescue that we need to hear more about

The boatlift that helped civilians in Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks is the largest and fastest maritime evacuation, but it's not as recognized as the Dunkirk mission of WWII.

Published August 17, 2017

The Untold Story of Ground Zero Evacuations by Boat

All at once the air turned “a very weird color, like a greenish grey,” recalls Staten Island Ferry Captain James Parese. At that moment he was sprinting across the upper deck of the Samuel I. Newhouse, preparing to pull the ferryboat away from the slip at the southern tip of Manhattan, when ...

Published September 13, 2011

In the Trenches

From firefighters to engineers to construction workers, women in nontraditional occupations have been toiling to rescue individuals and restore office structures nearby.

Published October 20, 2001

Moving from Help Wanted to Help Found

Driving around among the windowless, steel-sided buildings in South Bend, Ind., I missed, at first glance, the faded sign for Value Production, Inc., but not the hand-stenciled sign on the front lawn, its slightly crooked letters spelling out: “HELP WANTED CNC PROGRAMMERS.”

Published August 1, 2008

The Gender Spectrum

Sometimes checking off just one box, "male" or "female," doesn't tell the whole story. From the minute we're born, we get labeled pink or blue, girl or boy. That label is supposed to indicate who we'll be and who we'll grow up to love. But despite the fact that our world is divided into ...

Published October 1, 2007

Rush Hour

Annette Van Horn had known for some time that there were problems with her marriage, but she didn't get the courage to do anything about it until she learned to fly a plane. After only a day of instruction, she sat in the pilot's seat.

Published November 1, 2016

Hot For Teacher

What happens when the people you're learning from are abusing their power? Police in Wilmington, Delaware, won't say exactly what happened between 34-year-old science teacher Rachel Holt and her sixth-grade student, but the case file paints a grim picture. In one document, Holt confesses ...

Published September 1, 2006

When Kids Get Crushes

Love is in the air this month - and there's a good chance your preteen has noticed. By fourth or fifth grade, many kids, especially girls, experience their first crush. Playing at romance is a normal part of social development, and it's one way to practice being grown up. Crushes also ...

Published February 1, 2003

Shooting Pains: “The Camera My Mother Gave Me”

Susanna Kaysen on how a medical condition redefined her sexuality. There are lots of things that might worry you on the day the book about your sore pussy comes out in stores. Susanna Kaysen is worried about dating. "First I was famous for being a crazy girl, and now I can be famous for ...

Published October 1, 2021

Faces of War

The war in Iraq can feel like it's a world away. But for millions it hits close to home. Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives, it's hard to pay attention to what's happening in the world. For more than five years, our country has been at war in the Middle East, but unless ...

Published April 1, 2008

Ultimate Rebellion: Girls Who Kill Their Parents

Dressed in a baggy orange prison uniform, her ankles cuffed together with a short chain, 15-year-old Kayla LaSala takes baby steps down the hallway of the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton, West Virginia. As she approaches the courtroom, she sees her grandmother Betty Johnson sitting on a bench.

Published September 1, 2005