January 1997

  • Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity

    Norman Borlaug, the agronomist whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution, has saved literally millions of lives, yet he is hardly a household name

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  • Running Scared

    Painfully often the legislation our politicians pass is designed less to solve problems than to protect the politicians from defeat in our neverending election campaigns. They are, in short, too frightened of us to govern.

  • The Spirit of Cotonou

    Finally, some helpful advice to the French on how to enhance the role of their language in the world

  • The Many Faces of Ives

    This year's Charles Ives is another illustration of how protean our most American composer remains.

  • The World as Your Oyster

    How to eat well anywhere you go

  • Cuba's Entrepreneurial Socialism

    Cuba has become a good place to do business -- for all but U.S. firms. Our economic embargo hurts not only Cuba but, increasingly, us as well.

  • Good News!

    From Boston to San Francisco the community-based housing movement is transforming bad neighborhoods

  • Cosmopolitan

    The magazine article mentioned that when leaving after making love for the first time, one should always arrange the next meeting. Gopal phoned Mrs. Shaw.

  • The Most Eminent Victorian

    Adored as "the People's William" and execrated by "the upper ten thousand," Gladstone was the great statesman of his age.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    -- WE warmly recommend two new books that grew out of Atlantic Monthly articles: , by George L. Kelling and Catherine M. Coles, published by The…

  • Letters

    -- The Jefferson Image Home From Nowhere. Advice & Consent. The Jefferson Image. Conor Cruise O'Brien ( "Thomas Jefferson:…

  • The Almanac

    Almanac -- The January Almanac. Health & Safety. January 1, by today most commercial broadcast television and radio stations…

  • Word Court

    Ddone instead of finished to indicate the completion of a task. For example, at dinnertime my children would announce. "I'm done" and ask…

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A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

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What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

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Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

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What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

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CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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