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

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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