Greed On Trial

The question before the jurors was not whether legal fees amounting to $7,700 an hour were "unreasonable." It was whether the lawyer-plaintiffs should get $1.3 billion more

A Real Gone Guy

Even though the saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter never went away, his two recent albums are being hailed as a major comeback

Kerry’s Secret Weapon?

Hundreds of thousands of swing-state radio listeners may turn the unlikely Howard Stern into a presidential kingmaker

Playing Dirty

This year's presidential campaign is already shaping up to be even more negative than the last. That's no accident. Our correspondent looks at the cloak-and-dagger world of opposition research—the updated version of "dirty tricks"

Al-Qaeda’s Understudy

Suicide terrorism has come to Pakistan, waged by one of the most vicious Islamist groups ever known

Young Men in Shorts

The 1908 Boy Scout manual was, our reviewer writes, "one of the very few books of the twentieth century that actually led to the formation of a worldwide movement"

What’s for Dinner?

Convenience foods have been doing battle with old-fashioned cooking for half a century. Which side is winning?

The Assassination Tapes

Lyndon Johnson secretly recorded many of his telephone conversations as President. The tapes provide our only window into his thoughts after hearing what was then a rumor about CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro—information that shaped Johnson's views of both JFK's assassination and his own presidency. Herewith excerpts from his 1967 calls

Offshoring the Audience

If France makes movies for the French, and America makes movies for the world, who's left to make movies for America?

Until Gwen

Your father looks down at the gun in his hand. "This going to fire?"

Rich, Famous, Incarcerated

Two decades of celebrity justice

The Heart of the Matter

Is Dick Cheney physically a good risk as Vice President? Seven cardiologists weigh in

The Abolitionist

Bush's homelessness czar has some new ideas. Will liberals listen?

Primary Sources

Our "unthinkable" environmental future; Iraq's looming ethnic conflict; the (mostly nonexistent) relationship between quality and profitability in TV news; the most expensive homes in America

Dawn of the Daddy State

If terrorism has made a global trend toward greater state power inevitable, then it's important to get authoritarianism right. Here's how


Like the Valley Girls who made it famous, the suburban mall is now on the wrong side of forty

The Tragedy of Tony Blair

When he came to office, the Prime Minister seemed another JFK. Now his mystique is dissipated and his promise shattered. The chief cause of his failure is the war in Iraq—a war he led his people into against their will, for reasons that were not true

Sulfur Island

Everyone recognizes the image of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima. But what do you know about the place we were actually fighting for?


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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