Roots Roots 

Some folks have family trees that go back generations, others don’t know who their birth mothers are. No matter what, the human desire to know where one came from runs deep.

My Yemenite Husband Was Imprisoned for Speaking His Mind

Yellowstar Dental Hygienist Conservative Undisclosed
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Final Results

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Reclaim the Records
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Facing History and Ourselves
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Native American History Association
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If I Could Erase My Father’s DNA, I Would

dancekarina Student Undisclosed Millennial

I Used To Hide My Foster Kid Identity—Now I’m Embracing It

sapphire10 Journalist Socialist Millennial

Following in My Dad’s Footsteps Nearly Got Me Killed

Super Humans Entrepreneur Undisclosed Gen X

This Is What It's Like to Be a White-Passing Person of Color

White Sheep Journalist Progressive Millennial

More Narratives

Growing Up Muslim in a Post-9/11 America: What It Was Like

Zlatan Gamer Undisclosed Millennial

I Carry My Native American Ancestors With Me

REZilient Artist, Activist Anarchist Millennial

My Italian Heritage: Erased and Rediscovered

Paris2021 Retired Educator Moderate Baby Boomer

I Learned About Having a Healthy Marriage Through My Parents' Love Letters

Mama Bear Retired Teacher Undisclosed Baby Boomer

I Grew Up on a Family Farm, and Now I Have One of My Own

GLFarmGirl Farmer Conservative Baby Boomer

What Americans Can Learn From the Immigrant Spirit

Daydream Believer Immigration Attorney Libertarian Baby Boomer

A DNA Test Revealed Family Secrets That Changed Everything

Magicalsara Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed

I Work for My Estranged Father

HerbSalt Administrative Assistant Socialist Millennial

I Cleaned Up My Community and Answered an Ancestral Calling

The Phoenix Visionary Undisclosed Millennial

Embracing My Muslim Identity in America Is Impossible

Desert Sky Student Undisclosed Millennial

How Twins With Different Skin Colors Perceive Racial Identity

Indiana’s Eyes Writer Moderate Millennial

I’m a Descendant of Slaves and Slave Owners

Gordon's Ghost Author Anarchist Gen X

A Consumer DNA Test Strained My Marriage and My Family’s Privacy

SweetCarol Writer Moderate Gen X

My Grandfather Died of COVID-19: I’m Learning to Appreciate Life Like Him

TheWriterWhoWrites Writer Progressive Millennial

I'm Learning a Niche Language to Talk to Family I've Never Met

Princelyone Editor Socialist Millennial

I'm Neither Black Nor White: Why I Embrace the Latte

Cafe au lait Writer Undisclosed Millennial

I’m a True Daughter of the American Revolution

Beagle Scribe Producer, Screenwriter Conservative Gen X

Memories of My Grandmother's Home: A Place of Irish Scandal

The Gossips Girl Writer Moderate Gen X

I Was Adopted: My Parents and the Significance of Selflessness

Barcelona Jones Musician Undisclosed Millennial

On a Trip to Nigeria, I Discovered My Black-American Identity

Santiago Actor Undisclosed Millennial

I Discovered the Family I Never Knew I Had

Chicken Mom Writer Progressive Baby Boomer

Why I Won't Take an Ancestry DNA Test

99 Axolotls Educator Socialist Millennial

I Wasn't Able to Say Goodbye to My Grandpa Due to COVID

The Australian Drongita Research Scientist Progressive Millennial

I’m a White Teacher, Teaching Black History

HistorysLessons Adjunct Professor Progressive Gen X

My Foster Parents Are My Real Parents

The Lucky One E-Commerce Consultant Moderate Millennial

I Inherited the Best and Worst of My Father’s Bipolar Disorder

stream Artist Undisclosed Gen X

I'm a Black Man Who Experienced White Privilege Growing Up

Kevin S Journalist Progressive Millennial

I’m a Refugee and Want a Better Life for My Son

Moyo Mzuri Filmmaker / Storyteller Undisclosed Millennial

Tracing My Ancestral Roots Gave Me the Confidence My Father Denied Me

Boomer X Writer, Author Progressive Baby Boomer

I Reclaimed My Grandparents’ Polish Citizenship to Move Overseas

El Boogie Marketing Progressive Millennial

The Come Up

Discover Themes

Going Places

It's about time we all got out of the house, wouldn't you say?



This should be fun. We’re talking NSFW fun, okay?


Head Space

Chances are you’ve been on your own rollercoaster ride with mental health recently. The Doe is here for you. 

Mental Health

Common Ground

The environment is a constant in the news, but even more so of late. Climate change, the Australian wildfires and, of course, the spread of a global, animal-borne disease have most of us thinking about our planet in unfamiliar ways.


Game On

While the sporting world has been rocked by the pandemic, it looks for a major rebound this spring: March madness, indeed.


Hi, Society

Okay, so how many movies did you see in the theater last year? And live concerts? Yeah, that’s what we figured. And yet!

Pop Culture

And Beyond

The year is 2020. Science and technology influence everything from day-to-day tasks to our health and longevity. And yet an ocean of advancement still awaits. The question is, how do we dive in?

Science and Tech

What's Good

To say this year has sucked would be an understatement. But amidst the hot dumpster fire that is 2020, we're looking for a silver lining.

Acts of Kindness

State of the Union

It’s perhaps the most contentious and consequential election in modern American history: As Biden and Trump square off, The Doe jumps into the debate.


The System

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Portland. Chicago. Lafayette Square. As cities across the United States grapple with protests, unrest and rebellion, The Doe takes a deep dive into justice and the system.


Subject Matters

Reading, writing and arithmetic ain’t what it used to be a decade ago—or even a few months ago.


What She Said

It’s difficult to articulate what it's like being a woman. Hell, even the spelling of the word is cause for discussion (we see you, womxn).


Four Letter Word

Love: A lot of songs, poems and multi-volume treatises have been devoted to the subject. So, in these strange days when we could use it the most, what’s left to say about the strongest of human emotions?  Plenty.


On the Record

We’re very proud of our particular and deliberate themes at The Doe. They cover a broad range of topics, ones that we feel are crucial to discourse in the world today. But still!