How nature itself could become a city’s best defense against extreme weather
Lab tests have suggested that a papyrus scrap mentioning Jesus's wife is authentic. Why do most scholars believe it's fake?
Science keeps revealing how much we don't, perhaps can't, know. Yet humans seek closure, which should make religious pluralists of us all.
How gender and place shape um and uh
Why unplanned births are a bigger problem than unmarried parents
What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age
A very short book excerpt
The backlash against no-excuses discipline in high school
How childhood influences churchgoing
The outbreak of a European war was perplexing for a nation of (mostly European) immigrants. “Hyphenated Americans” faced suspicions about their allegiances.
In the West Virginia hamlet of Dry Creek, household after household delivered its sons to war.
How does aggressive police surveillance transform an urban neighborhood? A sociologist reports from the inside.
Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.
A visit to Kentucky's creationist museum, a conservative base in the culture war
Environmentalists warn us that apocalypse awaits. Economists tell us that minimal fixes will get us through. Here's how we can move beyond the impasse.
Last June, 19 firefighters lost their lives trying to control a blaze near Yarnell, Arizona—the highest death toll for firefighters battling a wildfire in this country since 1933. What went wrong? Is it time to reconsider our approach to fighting fire?
Does his faith influence his judicial decision making?
The twilight of exclamatory excess
Civil-rights activists are ecstatic that a federal judge declared the NYPD’s policy unconstitutional. But law-enforcement officials say the practice has made U.S. cities dramatically safer. Now what?
The implacable pedantry of the word police
In a fast-paced digital age, an MIT psychologist tries to slow us down.
Air travel hasn’t quite lost all its romance.
A new essay anthology captures the power of city parks.
The pleasures of reading with a dictionary by one’s side
A visit to corrections officers’ annual Mock Prison Riot