March 2008

Alan Wolfe on our secular future; Eliza Griswold reports on the religious contest for Africa; Lori Gottlieb makes the case for marrying Mr. Good Enough; Christopher Leinberger warns of the suburban slums of tomorrow; James Fallows describes the state of Internet censorship in China; Michael Hirschorn offers digital-age advice to the TV industry; Francis X. Rocca visits Franco's monastery; and much more.

Features

God’s Country

Using militias and marketing strategies, Christianity and Islam are competing for believers by promising Nigerians prosperity in this world as well as salvation in the next. A report from the front lines [Web only: Slideshow: "A struggle for souls and survival"]
Interviews: Eliza Griswold, author of "God's Country," talks about the forces driving religious conflict in Nigeria and what the rivalry between Christians and Muslims could mean for Africa's most populous country.

“The Connection Has Been Reset”

China’s Great Firewall is crude, slapdash, and surprisingly easy to breach. Here’s why it’s so effective anyway.
Interviews: James Fallows, author of "The Connection Has Been Reset," explains how he was able to probe the taboo subject of Chinese Internet censorship.

The Next Slum?

The subprime crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Fundamental changes in American life may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements.

Marry Him!

The case for settling for Mr. Good Enough
Interviews: Lori Gottlieb, the author of "Marry Him," talks about soul mates, all-consuming love, and why it makes sense to compromise those ideals.

Agenda

Born Again

America’s evangelicals are growing more moderate—and more powerful.

Calendar

Playing for all the marbles; the color of money; a slushier Iditarod; China's torch song

Primary Sources

Judging politicians by their covers; the irrational goalie; looking death in the eye

The End of History

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the prospects for democracy around the world.

Clogged Arteries

America’s aging and congested road, rail, and air networks are threatening its economic health.

Books

California Cool

Modernism's western rebirth

Tales Out of School

How a pushy, Type A mother stopped reading Jonathan Kozol and learned to love the public schools

The 2,000-Year-Old Panic

A newly reissued novel evokes the charms and hatreds of a lost world—and the enduring contradictions of anti-Semitism.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases: a prodigy's rise and fall; Gordimer's and Coetzee's latest fiction; Chicago's greatest brothel

The Caudillo’s Cloister

Searching for tranquility in the monastery Franco built [Web only: Slideshow: "An Unquiet Grave"]

Simple Pleasures

Three Tuscan recipes to welcome spring

The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV can avoid the music industry’s fate and survive the digital age, but only by beating the Internet at its own game.

Word Fugitives

Baby making; turn off the phone!


Video

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.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

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

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

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

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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

Writers

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