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Brian S. McGrath

Brian McGrath is Senior Editor of TIME Edge. He joined the staff in 2015. During his 20 years of classroom experience, he has been a middle school ELA teacher in the New York City public schools, a writing instructor at the Univeristy of Arizona and Rutgers University, and a literature professor at Claremont McKenna College. Brian holds a PhD in literature from Rutgers University, in New Jersey. He spends his free time reading, writing essays, and visiting art museums.

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A Juneteenth Celebration

June 16, 2023

This story was originally published on June 15, 2021. It was updated on June 16, 2023. On June 19, people across the United States celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S., in 1865. Juneteenth is…


Starship Launches

April 21, 2023

On April 20, SpaceX launched its first test flight of Starship, the biggest rocket ever built. The 400-foot-tall, stainless steel ship took off from Starbase, a spaceport in southern Texas. No people were on board for this launch. “I’m not…



Should All Cars Be Electric?

April 6, 2023

The race is on to get more electric cars on the road. President Joe Biden has made electric vehicles (EVs) a priority. By 2030, he’d like half of all new vehicles sold to be zero-emission. It’s a response to the…



Kid Heroes for the Planet

April 5, 2023

Earth Day comes every April 22. It’s a day to do some good for the planet. It’s also a time to think about how to help year-round. Get inspired by reading about four young people who have taken action for…


New Ocean Treaty

March 9, 2023

On March 4, United Nations (U.N.) member countries agreed on a treaty that will protect marine life in the high seas. These are ocean waters outside of all national boundaries. The treaty will protect 30% of the world’s oceans–nearly half…


A Year of War

March 3, 2023

Demonstrations took place around the world on February 24. It was the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. People showed their support for Ukraine and their opposition to the war started by Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr…


U.S. Downs Flying Objects

February 16, 2023

United States fighter jets shot down three flying objects, over Alaska, Canada, and Michigan, between February 10 and 12. Officials are trying to identify the objects. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been on heightened alert since earlier…


Earthquakes Strike

February 10, 2023

Rescue and relief efforts are underway in Turkey and Syria, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region on February 6. Another quake hit nine hours later. At press time, more than 20,000 people had died. Thousands of buildings have been…



Ozone Recovery

January 19, 2023

The hole in Earth’s ozone layer is on track to heal, according to a new United Nations (U.N.) report, released this month. The recovery comes 35 years after an international agreement to stop using chemicals that destroy the ozone layer. …


Do Kids Need Homework?

January 19, 2023

We knew this question would spark lively debate among readers. School is a big part of life, not just for kids but for their families and for educators, too. Everyone has an opinion about what’s best for students. And they…