September 2009

David Goldhill on how American health care killed his father; Robert D. Kaplan on the end of Sri Lanka's civil war; Willam D. Cohan on the final day sof Merrill Lynch; Jeffrey Goldberg on Quentin Tarantion; Caitlin Flanagan on sex and the married man; and much more.


How American Health Care Killed My Father

The incentives that drive our health care system have perverse (and sometimes fatal) consequences. It's time for a radical change.

Buddha’s Savage Peace

Sri Lanka’s civil war is finally over. Can Buddhists and Hindus coexist there once again?

The Final Days of Merrill Lynch

The inside story of how the government forced Bank of America to acquire the financial management giant—and its spiraling losses

The Next Breadbasket?

How African agriculture could save the world from starvation

Hollywood’s Jewish Avenger

Quentin Tarantino talks about Jews, Nazis, and why his new film is so gruesome—even by his standards.
Video: Jeffrey Goldberg compares clips from Tarantino's new Nazi-themed movie with footage from Schindler's List and Munich


In Case of Emergency

FEMA’s new administrator has a message for Americans: get in touch with your survival instinct.

Inbred Jed

The Strenuous Life of a B-Movie Zombie
Video: Highlights from Jed Rowen’s strange career

The Bad Girl of Women’s Soccer

Hope Solo—loudmouth, showboat, jerk—may save her sport

Bovine Intervention

How cows can help win the peace in Fallujah

How the West Was Drunk

The natural habitat of the Picon Punch—among Basque shepherds, in the wilds of California—is its great appeal.

The 12:39 to Matanzas

A chocolate baron’s train shows tourists the real Cuba.

What Scares Google

How the search giant hopes to stay on top


Sex and the Married Man

How Helen Gurley Brown inspired a generation of home-wreckers, and brought down John Edwards

The Pain of Elizabeth Edwards

A new memoir by the politician’s wife shows that the pain of infidelity pales in comparison to the loss of a child.

Cover to Cover

James Lasdun's latest; garden variety; Freudian food; and more


What Would Warren Do?

The Sage of Omaha has redefined the idea of value investing. But will its principles survive his inevitable passing?

Woodstock Nation

Revisiting the 1969 mass freak-out, and the documentary that captured it all
Video: James Parker the 1969 Woodstock festival with the violent frenzy unleashed 30 years later


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.


What Makes a Story Great?

What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of CardsThis American LifeThe Moth, and more reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

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


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.


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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