November 2009

The Atlantic - November 2009

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.

Features

  • Does the Vaccine Matter?

    To prevent a devastating flu pandemic, the government is relying heavily on vaccines and antivirals. Some experts say that both are quite possibly useless.

    Q&A: The authors answer questions about H1N1 diagnosis and immunity.

  • Houses of the Future

    Houses of the Future

    In New Orleans, a new kind of house is rising from the ruins of Katrina. Cheap, green, and radically hip, it may change architecture for a generation.

    Interactive Map: Explore the new homes described in Wayne Curtis's story

  • Brave Thinkers

    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

  • The Snatchback

    The Snatchback

    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. Here’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)

Dispatches

Books

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

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

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

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

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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