In these clips from an interview with Megan McArdle, law professor Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth, speaks passionately and humorously about America's cultural bias against weight. Filmed on location at the Aspen Institute. (For transcripts of these excerpts, click here.)
Mark Fabiano reads his short story from The Atlantic's 2008 Fiction issue.
Carter Simms Benton reads his short story from The Atlantic's 2008 Fiction issue.
Jessica Murphy Moo reads her short story from The Atlantic's 2008 Fiction issue.
Cristina Henríquez reads her short story from The Atlantic's 2008 Fiction issue.
James Bennet, Jeffrey Goldberg, and Ari Shavit discuss Israel's need for big ideas, Ehud Olmert's new dovish streak, and the sometimes complicated relationship between Israeli politicians and American philanthropists.
In this third session of The Table @ Aspen, Marc Ambinder (moderator), Sean Parker, Megan McArdle, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Hirschorn discuss Facebook, reality television, and the effects blogging has on journalists.
Filmmaker David Lynch and folk-rock icon Donovan reflect on the creative process
David Brooks, Marc Ambinder, Ross Douthat, and Matthew Yglesias discuss the backlash against Bush, politicians out of office, the rise of single-parent families and poverty, what makes a skillful politician, the choice between being a reformer or a unifier, and the human connection factor in politics.
Photos and narration by Wayne Curtis
Music: "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" by Simon & Garfunkel, performed by peacejoytown
Folk-rock icon Donovan describes how beatniks, Beatles, druids, and yogis led him toward the source of song
Ross Douthat (moderator), Daniel Mote, Paul Verkuil and Michael Bennet on higher education.
Is McCain smart enough to run for president? Will Obama go negative? Two bloggers explore these and other questions about the 2008 presidential race.
Narration by Corby Kummer
Photographs by Thomas Shea
Music: "Cocinando" by Sonoro Coloro
With Hillary Clinton poised to concede the Democratic race, Andrew Sullivan and Marc Ambinder consider the promise of an Obama candidacy
Narration by Joshua Kurlantzick
Photographs by Patrick Brown/Panos Pictures
Music: "Home on the Range" performed by Gene Autry
Virginia Postrel narrates photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's superhero costume exhibit.
Atlantic blogger and contributing editor Ta-Nehisi Coates reads passages from his memoir and reflects on education, hip hop music, and his father's powerful presence.
Joshua Green traces Al Franken's journey from Saturday Night Live to Senate candidacy.