After the Boom

Megan McArdle, Clive Crook, and Philip Longman debate the repercussions of looming Baby Boomer retirements

Primary Sources

Dental windfalls; management secrets of the KKK; the radical engineer

There Goes the Neighborhood

In exurbs and fringe cities, the mortgage crisis is having a domino effect

The American Idea

Our readers’ view

No Country for Young Men

The Baby Boomers’ retirement will change the texture of society in ways we’ve scarcely begun to contemplate. A dispatch from America’s coming silver age

First, Kill All the School Boards

A modest proposal to fix the schools

The Truth About Jena

Why America’s black-and-white narratives about race don’t reflect reality


Why homeownership may be bad for America


The health-care crisis no candidate is addressing? Too many doctors

The Future of the American Idea

In Twain’s Wake

Mint juleps and Magic Fingers on the Mississippi

The Autumn of the Multitaskers

Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. One man’s odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity

I Sing of Fizzy Fluid Retention

The decline of spinsters? Smoke-free living? Drawing on a vast new statistical compendium, our commentator unearths, examines, and extrapolates the hidden challenges to America.

Everybody Loves Reinhold

Paul Elie, author of "A Man for All Reasons," discusses the contested legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr, whose mantle everyone, regardless of political orientation, wants to wear

Primary Sources

Percent saying each is “very important” for a successful marriage


This is the 19th in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary.

Ideas and Consequences

This July, for the third straight year, The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute co-hosted the Aspen Ideas Festival. What follows are excerpts from this year’s discussions, including Colin Powell on his attempt to avoid war with Iraq, Richard Branson on the dawn of private spaceflight, Thomas Friedman on why the world isn’t really going green, and Bill Clinton on whether he did enough to prevent 9/11.

Primary Sources

Blinded by zeros; prostitutes and their johns; a user's guide to nuclear devastation

Crises of Faith

America is becoming more secular; Europe is becoming more religious. Both trends could mean trouble.

Primary Sources

The great bison massacre; the lies kids tell; What, me narcissistic?

Rags to Rags, Riches to Riches

Maybe it’s time to stop calling America the “land of opportunity.”

Primary Sources

Our dynastic Congress; the chess gender gap; surgeons who love Nintendo


Hurricane futures; the Swiss at sea; Bill Gates finally graduates

The Animal Kingdom

This is the 16th in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. For the full text of these articles, visit

Motel Paradiso

In Florida, a quest for the classic family motel


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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