June 2010

James Fallows on how Google can save the news business, Mark Bowden on the hunt for a computer worm, James Parker on Lady Gaga, Caitlin Flanagan on why girls are enduring the hookup culture, and more


How to Save the News

Google knows that its search function is only as valuable as the information it helps you find—a principal source of which is the beleaguered news business. That’s why the company assigned some of its top thinkers to the puzzle of how to make journalism pay. Their answers may revolutionize the media.
Slideshow: A presentation on the precarious nature of the newspaper business by Google chief economist Hal Varian

Here Comes the Neighborhood

Private rail networks could save the housing industry, revive the economy, and help meet the booming demand for walkable neighborhoods. History offers plenty of encouragement.
Special Report: TheAtlantic.com explores the future of urban America through videos, a special blog, and classic stories from our archives


How new wireless technology will shape the city of the future—and automate everything from parking to engineering to traffic flow

Ghosts of New York

Immigrant artisans created an exuberant American art form on New York’s tenements at the turn of the 20th century. The only major public collection of their work now lies in a heap behind the Brooklyn Museum. Its odyssey reveals much about a changing city— and a changing culture.

The Enemy Within

A new worm has infected millions of computers. Its creators wield the most advanced encryption known to man, and have stumped the best cyber-security experts in the world. No one knows what the worm’s masters are planning to use it for. And no one knows how to stop it.


Who’s the Boss?

The UAW’s stock holdings in the Big Three carmakers have caused some members to wonder whose side it’s on.

Hex Appeal

Witches are overwhelming the courts in the Central African Republic. And that may be a good thing.

Guitar Heroes

Can a battle of the bands help end a brutal insurgency in India?

Who Invented the Cocktail?

That depends on how you define invented. And cocktail.

Board Games

The gruff, boastful art of claiming Indonesia’s surf as your own

The Little Black Piezoelectric Dress

What happens when high tech meets haute couture
Video: Footage from a tech-savvy runway show


Gentrification and Its Discontents

Manhattan never was what we think it was.

Love, Actually

How girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture


The Genius of QVC

How the shopping network became one of the most effective retailing machines ever invented
Video: Megan McArdle reveals how QVC sells perfume on TV

The Last Pop Star

Lady Gaga is simultaneously embodying and eviscerating Pop.
Video: James Parker studies Gaga’s singular image and finds her antithesis in the celebrity kingdom

My Country, Tis of Me

There’s nothing patriotic about the Tea Party Patriots.


Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


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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