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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 15, 2021

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 short for “June 19th.” It was on that day, in June 1865, that 250,000 people in…


A COVID Milestone

April 23, 2021

On April 18, the United States reached a milestone. About 130 million adults had gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s half of all the adults in the country. This data comes from the U.S. Centers for…

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A Guilty Verdict

April 21, 2021

On April 20, a 12-person jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin killed Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. A bystander captured the event on…


An Electric Future

April 9, 2021

General Motors (GM) is one of the world’s major automakers. In January, the company set a goal: It would stop selling gas-powered cars by 2035. It will make more battery-powered vehicles. This is a big moment for the auto industry.…



Algorithm Art

March 12, 2021

Computer algorithms are instructions that tell machines to solve problems and make predictions. They help us use our smartphones and stream videos. Someday, they’ll drive our cars. Can algorithms make us more creative? Some artists think so. They are using…



Making History

March 5, 2021

Brighid Pulskamp has made hundreds of face masks for the people of the Navajo Nation. The tribe lives in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Pulskamp wants us to remember how the Navajo handled the pandemic. “Our people are resilient,” she…



Gathering Storms

January 8, 2021

In November, Hurricane Eta made landfall in Central America. It caused destruction from Panama to Florida. Two weeks later, Hurricane Iota arrived. It was more powerful. It rained on places that were already flooded. Juan Orlando Hernández is president of…



Positively Happy

December 9, 2020

One night, Christine Carter was sitting with her daughter in her lap. They were making a list: “Three Good Things of the Day.” Her daughter, who was braiding Carter’s hair, said, “Mom, this is going to be one of my…


Vaccine Update

December 3, 2020

The drug company Moderna has asked the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency approval of its COVID-19 vaccine. It made the request on November 30. If the FDA agrees, enough vaccine for millions of Americans could be…

Election 2020

Who’s Winning the Electoral College?

November 5, 2020

In the United States, a candidate needs to win at least 270 out of 538 electoral college votes to become president. As of November 5, the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, had 264 electoral votes. The states Biden won are blue…