Eric Schlosser, “The Prison-Industrial Complex”; Paul Bracken, “America's Maginot Line”; Stephen Budiansky, “Lost in Translation”; Peter Ho Davies, “Today Is Sunday”; Corby Kummer, “An Old-fashioned Christmas”; and much more.
Correctional officials see danger in prison overcrowding. Others see opportunity. The nearly two million Americans behind bars—the majority of them nonviolent offenders—mean jobs for depressed regions and windfalls for profiteers
Efforts to design software that can translate languages fluently have encountered a problem: how do you program common sense?
Our bases in Asia are becoming more vulnerable to attack by ballistic missiles. Defending them will be very expensive and might provoke even larger missile deployments. At stake is the United States' reputation as the world's lone superpower
"Promise me," my father says, "if I ever get like this, you'll do me in. Knock me on the head or something"
In Bulgaria the distinction between the state and organized crime is clear -- for now
Easy-to-understand measures that could bring palpable improvement to public life
Sharing a cab in Jerusalem requires making a leap of faith
The holiday brings out the best in Austria -- and vice versa
Now that several versions of Mahler's Tenth have been recorded, listeners have a variety of ways to appreciate its greatness
The success of U.S. policy in El Salvador -- preventing a guerrilla victory -- was based on 40,000 political murders
ANDREW Lichtenstein, whose work appears in Eric Schlosser's cover story, "The Prison-Industrial Complex," has had his film seized only twice…
Copyrighting Ideas. War in Algeria. America's Future. Tango in Argentina. Copyrighting Ideas. Charles C. Mann's article on the emerging…
Demographics. Late this month phones will be busier than usual at the National Runaway Switchboard, a federally funded toll-free hot line for…
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