January/February 2010

The Atlantic - January/February 2010

Our State of the Union report; James Fallows on America's decline; Amanda Ripley on what makes a good teacher; Tim Lavin on late-night radio; Caitlan Flanagan on the trouble with school gardens; Ta-Nehisi Coates on Civil War battlefields; James Parker on 24; and much more.

Features

  • How America Can Rise Again

    How America Can Rise Again

    Is the nation in terminal decline? Not necessarily—this country has been built on cycles of crisis and renewal, and the forces that have made it great remain strong. But the government is broken. Securing the future will require fixing a system that has become a joke.

  • The Happiness Index

    Times were tough in 2009. But according to a cool Facebook app, people were happier.

  • What Makes a Great Teacher?

    What Makes a Great Teacher?

    How one organization, drawing on two decades of observation and research, may have found the answer

  • The Listener

    The Listener

    George Noory, America’s most popular late- night radio host, chronicles our national anxieties, from Vampires and shadow people to the Bilderbergs.

  • Making History

    Making History

    David Greenberg on presidential disappointment, David Frum on reviving the Mugwumps, David M. Kennedy on the lessons of Woodrow Wilson, Paul Starr on governing in the age of Fox News

Dispatches

Books

Columns

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Poetry

Video

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.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

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

Video

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.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

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

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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

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