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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.

Latest Stories


Slow Reopening

May 11, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had an enormous impact on our society. Besides its effect on the health of people around the world, it has also devastated the world economy. Many businesses and public places are closed. Millions of people have…


COVID-19 Testing

April 24, 2020

Americans have been following stay-at-home orders for weeks. Many are eager to get back to work. The coronavirus pandemic has caused 22 million people to lose jobs. Governors face pressure to reopen businesses in their states. But health experts say…


In It Together

April 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting people all over the world. In the face of this global challenge, governments are working to stop the spread of the virus. People are doing their part to support health-care workers and lift spirits. Here,…



Forest Life

April 3, 2020

The Amazon rain forest is home to millions of plant and animal species. But deforestation is a rising theat, Daniel Nepstad tells TIME for Kids. Last year, wildfires tore through the Amazon. At the time, “you could really imagine that…


Olympics Postponed

March 24, 2020

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan, will be postponed for about a year. This is because of the coronavirus pandemic. That announcement was made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday, March 24. The IOC said the…


Flattening the Curve

March 19, 2020

The coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world. Keeping your distance from others during the pandemic could slow the virus down. It could also save lives. A simple chart tells us how. It shows two situations. One is what could…


Bags Banned

March 6, 2020

New York State has banned single-use plastic bags. The new law went into effect on March 1. New York is one of several states to forbid stores from handing out plastic bags at checkout. California was the first. Many cities…

Media Literacy

YouTube Trouble

February 20, 2020

Piper Leypoldt, 11, is from Durham, North Carolina. She watches cooking videos on YouTube. Piper knows that the site collects user data, such as her search history. She’s not worried. “Other websites I use at home and school also collect…

United States

Remembering the March

February 14, 2020

On August 28, 1963, people poured into Washington, D.C. Many held signs: “We March for Integrated Schools Now!” and “We Demand Jobs for All Now!” The event was called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It drew about…



Royal Exit

January 17, 2020

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made an announcement on January 8. The duke and duchess of Sussex said they would “step back as ‘senior’ members” of the royal family. The message appeared on their Instagram page. The two say…