April 2007

Gregg Easterbrook, "Hot Prospects"; Stephen Faris, "The Real Roots of Darfur"; James Fallows, "Win in China!"; Jeremy Kahn, "The Story of a Snitch"; Jonathan Rauch on how to end the culture wars; Caitlin Flanagan notes the vulnerability of college girls; Michael Hirschorn pooh-poohs the so-called social media revolution; Virginia Postrel considers the implications of loft-style living; and much more.

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Global Warming: Who Loses—and Who Wins?

Climate change in the next century (and beyond) could be enormously disruptive, spreading disease and sparking wars. It could also be a windfall for some people, businesses, and nations. A guide to how we all might get along in a warming world
Interviews: Gregg Easterbrook talks about his cover story, "Global Warming: Who Loses—and Who Wins?," and the unexpected by-products of climate change.

The Real Roots of Darfur

The violence in Darfur is usually attributed to ethnic hatred. But global warming may be primarily to blame.

Win in China!

A reality-TV show is teaching the Chinese how to succeed in business. [Web-only: Watch video clips from the show]

The Story of a Snitch

Across our inner cities, the code of omerta has spread from organized crime to ordinary citizens. “Stop snitching” has become a motto to live—or die—by, as John Dowery Jr. discovered. [Web-only: Watch related video clips]
Sidebar: Jeremy Kahn rides along with Baltimore's Homicide Operations Squad in search of murder witnesses
Interviews: Jeremy Kahn, author of "The Story of a Snitch," talks about the growing problem of witness intimidation and the challenges of reporting a story about it.
Flashbacks: Articles dating back to the 1800s trace the evolution of America's gang problem.

The Military

This is the 14th in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. For the full text of these articles, visit www.theatlantic.com/ideastour.

The Shots Heard 'Round the World

Inside the Bush administration’s steroids scandal


A Separate Peace

The way to end culture wars is to slug them out state by state.


Clones for dinner; Tolkien's last words; beatifying John Paul II

The Mexican Connection

Mass migration has left many towns in Mexico half-empty, but much wealthier.

Primary Sources

The boldest profession; hot or not?; Iran's oil woes; a nation of multitaskers

Putin's Reign

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about Russian President Vladimir Putin's leadership and relations with the West

The Phantom Menace

What war on the middle class?

The Other Papa

Denny Doherty (1940–2007)


Carried Away

When it comes to high-end handbags, you are what you tote.

The Age of Innocence

When girls leave home for college, it affects them far more deeply than it does boys—and there’s no way parents can protect them once they go.
Interviews: Lynn Peril talks about the evolution of girls' college experiences, and her new book, College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now.
Flashbacks: Articles from the 1890s through the 1960s explore the academic, social, and sexual debates surrounding women at college

The Omnivore

Clive James champions justice and common sense, with style.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases: the London Blitz; a life of Beatrix Potter; poor people the world over; and more


Off to the Races

Watching the people, playing the ponies, and drinking the water in Saratoga Springs

Never a Dull Moment

What to look for when buying knives

Lofty Ambitions

Once upon a time, lofts were cheap spaces for struggling artists. Today they are phony and pricey, and that’s just fine.

One-Button Translation

Newly sophisticated “machine translators” let you browse foreign Web sites in real time.
Sidebar: James Fallows on what most surprised him about this topic and the biggest development that happened after press time.

The Web 2.0 Bubble

Why the social-media revolution will go out with a whimper

Word Court

Fast and unloose; late-model blues


Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air



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