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How I Got Radicalized

As a child, I loved Disney princesses. As an adult, my concern goes beyond the problematic stereotypes

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Welcome to “How I Got Radicalized,” a series from GEN that tells the story of a cultural moment that made you drastically rethink how society works.

In the fall of 1998, as my big sister’s 15th birthday approached, we both huddled in excitement on the moss-green carpet of our home, watching cable TV as we awaited our mother’s return from a neighboring town. We lived in Bauchi, a city in northern Nigeria, and Mum had gone on a several-day trip to Jos, about two hours away. It was an unspoken family tradition for our parents to return from out-of-town trips…


The Way We Work Now

Disney laid off thousands of workers like me while they padded executives’ paychecks

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The Way We Work Now is a series chronicling how people’s lives and careers have fundamentally changed because of the pandemic.

Kayla, who is in her twenties, worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, until she was furloughed in March. She spoke with Mai Tran about being one of the 28,000 Disney employees who were laid off at the same time that executives saw their paychecks bounce back to pre-Covid-19 levels.

I started out as an intern in the Disney College Program in 2018. It’s a very difficult program to get into, but I was fortunate to get accepted…

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