January/February 2009

The Atlantic - January/February 2009

Michael Hirschorn on how The New York Times could survive; Mark Bowden considers the hardest job in football; Ta-Nehisi Coates profiles Michelle Obama; Hua-Hsu on post-white America; James Parker on Battlestar Gallactica; Wayne Curtis on the return of the classic cocktail; and much more.

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From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

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