The Dark Art of Interrogation

The most effective way to gather intelligence and thwart terrorism can also be a direct route into morally repugnant terrain. A survey of the landscape of persuasion

How to Run for President

A primer for the Democratic candidates from Congress, who face daunting historical odds

Material Girl

For Virginia Postrel, the only thing wretched about the culture of consumerism is the excessive criticism of it

Sticking Together

Coming (slowly) of age in the Big City

Force Multiplier

Wesley Clark is not Haig and not Eisenhower. And some Democrats are hoping he won't be Cuomo

That Blessed Plot, That Enigmatic Isle

Is there such a thing as "Englishness"—and if not, then why can't one imagine Samuel Johnson as an Italian?

Big Organic, Small Organic

Organic food may be coming from bigger and bigger producers, but the best flavor is still coming from organic farms, as a case study of good and great yogurt makes plain

Inside Job

Below the high altar of St. Peter's, investigators have found sheep bones, ox bones, pig bones, and the complete skeleton of a mouse. Was Peter himself ever there?

Feudal Gestures

Why the Middle Ages are something we can still look forward to


What we think is a gesture of freedom is a symptom of our cage

Will Frankenfood Save the Planet?

Over the next half century genetic engineering could feed humanity and solve a raft of environmental ills—if only environmentalists would let it

Oliver's Travels

In the days when he would make himself a nightcap and sit down to watch TV with his keepers, a chimpanzee named Oliver was hailed as the missing link. The author tracks down a retired world celebrity

Nannyhood and Apple Pie

As capitalism's "latest recruits," American women may know less than their nannies about loving care


Who will succeed Egypt's Hosni Mubarak as the ruler of the world's most populous and important Arab country?


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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