In August, a group of scientists announced that people deserve their own new epoch in official geologic time, like the Holocene or the Paleogene. Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Filmmaker Ric Burns describes the turn of events that led to his latest project, a documentary of the prolific author and neurological anthropologist, Oliver Sacks.

Illustration by Hannah K. Lee

Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse. Are they trained to cope with mortality? A surgeon weighs in