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Jake Wood Was Once a Warrior, Then a Nonprofit Leader. Now He’s an Entrepreneur.

The first firefight that I was ever in, about three or four weeks into my first tour in Iraq. This is 2007 during the surge. It’s the deadliest year of the war, and we’re in the triangle of death, right in Anbar province. We’d been bombed, blown up on the roads a couple of times …

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They Never Could Work From Home. These Are Their Stories.

Day after day, they went to work. While white-collar America largely worked from the cocoons of their homes, these workers left for jobs elsewhere. Most had no choice. For many workers around the country, the Delta variant’s surge this summer upended long-awaited plans to return to the office this fall. But millions more — including …

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‘Every Day Is Frightening’: Working For Walmart Amid Covid

Elsewhere in the country, the conversation has begun to move on, away from early Covid alarm and into something more guardedly speculative. What will post-pandemic life look like? How have our priorities shifted? But for vast swaths of the nation, largely untouched by doses from Pfizer and Moderna, it remains late 2020 in many ways. …

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Brick-and-Mortar Retail in the Age of Covid, and Amazon

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been decimated in recent years. First came Amazon. Then the pandemic. Yet even as giant shopping malls are dying and many storefronts are shuttered, the big box stores that anchor strip malls throughout the exurbs are enjoying something of a renaissance. Companies like Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Home Depot have …

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