July/August 2010

A guide to the biggest ideas of the year, the politically incorrect guide to ending poverty, why we should call terrorists nitwits, and more


The 14 3/4 Biggest Ideas of the Year

A guide to the intellectual trends that, for better or worse, are most shaping America right now
Special Report: Our second annual online ideas report includes a blog by Conor Friedersdorf, video and photos from the Aspen Ideas Festival, an "Idea of the Day" feature, and much more

The End of Men

Women are dominating society as never before.
Video: In this family feud, Hanna Rosin and her daughter, Noa, debate the superiority of women with Rosin’s son, Jacob, and husband, Slate editor David Plotz

Are Fathers Necessary?

A paternal contribution may not be as essential as we think.


A map of one couple’s attempt to build the world’s greenest home

Closing the Digital Frontier

How media companies are taming the Internet’s chaos

The Littlest Schoolhouse

Helping wayward students—by personalizing curricula

No Refills

Why are fewer drugs being approved, even as R&D surges?

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty

An eminent economist discovers the virtues of colonialism.

The Case for Calling Them Nitwits

Most terrorists are bungling fools. Spread the word.


Monsters in the Market

In today’s exchanges, strong programs prey on weak ones, humans are hard to find, and the SEC struggles to keep up.

A Promising Land

Small towns in the South are looking for a few good Jewish families.

Rent a White Guy

Confessions of a fake businessman from Beijing


The giant’s creepy efforts to read my mind
Interview: Nicholas Carr explains why he finds Google both cuddly and creepy

The Vigilante

Italy’s Northern League party exploits a brutal crime for a dubious law.

The Mother of All Invention

How the Xerox 914 gave rise to the Information age

A Killer Vacation

On The Shining’s 30th anniversary, a visit to the hotels that inspired Stephen King’s novel— and the Stanley Kubrick film he scorned
Video: Commenting on a scene from The Shining, James Parker demonstrates the clashing visions of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King


The Racket

How the numbers game shaped Harlem

Our Houses, Our Selves

A new crop of books suggests that for women, obsession with real estate is replacing obsession with love and marriage.

Cover to Cover

New fiction from Jane Smiley and A. L. Kennedy; the concise LBJ; Jung and Pauli’s cosmic convergence; and more
Interview: Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jane Smiley talks with Eleanor Barkhorn about writing, thinking, teaching, and her latest novel, Private Life


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.


What Makes a Story Great?

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


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


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.


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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