Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer question the effectiveness of the H1N1 vaccine; Wayne Curtis on the houses of the future; Brave Thinkers—twenty-seven people with courageous ideas; Nadya Labi on the business of retrieving abducted children; Benjamin Schwarz on Mad Men; and much more.
Twenty-seven people with courageous ideas—from relocating endangered species to hiring autistics to printing loads of money—that are shaping our future. The first installment of an annual feature.
Video: Watch mini-documentaries about the Brave Thinkers featured in this issue and submit your own nominations
When Todd Hopson wanted to get Andres, the 9-year-old boy he'd raised from infancy, back from his biological father in Costa Rica, he called Gus Zamora, who retrieves internationally abducted children for a living. Hereâ€™s what happened next.
Sidebar: The author explains how she ended up following Gus Zamora around the globe
Audio: Labi’s sound recording of the actual snatchback in Costa Rica (with transcript)
Our man in Beijing returns home, with lungs only somewhat the worse for wear.
A wild menace invades Houston.
Guam’s surfers fret about the impact of a billion defense buildup on their island.
Will Greenland become the Nigeria of the Arctic?
How a Lebanese mullah found happiness in Paraguay
A thrill seeker surrenders to South America’s scariest nation.
How an emerging technology could threaten civility
Will the Great Recession finally end our misguided obsession with gross domestic product?