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Education

This is the tenth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by Jonathan Kozol, the National Book Award-winning author of several books on public education.

A Matter of Degrees

Why college is not an economic cure-all

Primary Sources

The road back from Katrina; Nigeria’s restive delta; the long arm of the blue law; tripping your way to sobriety

Sex, Lies, and Videogames

What if a computer program combined the action and graphics of a video game with the emotional power of great art? The result could revolutionize interactive entertainment—and even change the meaning of “play”

Candidate Hillary

Joshua Green talks about his experience profiling Hillary Clinton and shares his thoughts on her presidential prospects

Unwinding Bush

How long will it take to fix his mistakes?

Politics

This is the ninth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by James Bennet, the editor of The Atlantic.

Where the Brains Are

America’s educated elite is clustering in a few cities— and leaving the rest of the country behind

Primary Sources

Unrest in China; on parking and national character; the importance of being squiggly; our overconfident youth

The Aspen Ideas Festival

For the second year, The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute collaborated in July to host the Aspen Ideas Festival, which gathers scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, religious figures, and others for a week of conversation and debate. Participants contribute provocative ideas from their fields, and discuss the world, both as it is and as it might become. Following are some excerpts from this year's discussion.

Technology & Innovation

This is the eighth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by James Fallows, a national correspondent of The Atlantic.

Some Convenient Truths

Runaway global warming looks all but unstoppable. Maybe that’s because we haven’t really tried to stop it

Primary Sources

Muslim public opinion the world over; the disappearing middle-class neighborhood; the specter of the sexual “superpeer”

A Closer Look at the Neutral Point of View (NPOV)

Wikipedia and the quest for neutrality on controversial entries like "Abortion" and "George W. Bush."

Common Knowledge

Marshall Poe on the marvels and pitfalls of Wikipedia, the fastest-growing encyclopedia in human history.

Arts & Letters

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

Idealism & Practicality

This is the sixth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic.

Primary Sources

Pakistan’s out-of-control army; the sorry (but egalitarian) state of American health care; the happiness census

Greetings from Airworld!

Six days in five airports—a survivor’s guide

Extreme Parenting

Does the Baby Genius Edutainment Complex enrich your child’s mind—or stifle it?

Frequently Asked Questions

Humor

Women’s Empowerment

This is the fifth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by Terry Castle, a professor of English at Stanford. Her books include The Apparitional Lesbian and Courage, Mon Amie

Primary Sources

Tales from the couch in the Oval Office; the emerging Islamist majority in Palestine; the curious phenomenon of the “daughter gap”

Stoking the Beast

Cutting taxes to shrink government doesn’t work—and that spells trouble for the conservative movement

Primary Sources

Diagnosis at a distance; why private school might not be worth it; Pretty Boy Floyd as statistical outlier; the upside of global warming

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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