June 2009

The Atlantic - June 2009

Joshua Wolf Shenk reveals the secret of happiness; Harris Collingwood questions whether CEOs matter; Douglas Foster profiles Jacob Zuma; James Parker explores the SpongeBob phenomenon; Christopher Hitchens rereads Hemingway; Joseph O'Neill unearths the real Flannery O'Connor; and much more.

Features

  • What Makes Us Happy?

    What Makes Us Happy?

    An inside look at an unprecedented seven-decade study of a group of Harvard men suggests that one thing, above all, truly makes a difference.

    Video: Dr. George Vaillant, director of the 72-year study, explains what makes people strive for fame and why dirty laundry can symbolize a perfect life.

    Interview: Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, talks about his role in the Harvard study.

    Interview: Historian Donald Cole, selected to participate in the study in the 1940s, reflects on how it affected his life.

  • Do CEOs Matter?

    Do CEOs Matter?

    Apple’s stock rises and falls with the faintest rumors about Steve Jobs's health. But how much influence do CEOs really have?

  • Hope Floats

    As the recession blows a gale, the world’s most expensive cruise ship nears completion.

  • Fashion in Dark Times

    Fashion in Dark Times

    As the ever-frivolous industry enters a new era, customers are thinking more—a prospect that thrills the best designers

  • Jacob’s Ladder

    Jacob’s Ladder

    Is South Africa's next president a savior, a criminal, a Marxist revolutionary—or all of the above?

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

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

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Is Wine Healthy?

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

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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

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