November 2010

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Taking Chances

The point of this annual issue isn’t to celebrate power, influence, or even, necessarily, success. It’s to identify people who are taking a substantial risk for a big idea.

Letters to the editor

What’s Your Problem?

Don’t go outside (ever), and other advice


Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

John Ioannidis has proved that much of what gets published in medical journals is wrong. Does your doctor know?

Shooting for the Sun

Lonnie Johnson, the inventor of the Super Soaker, is trying to create a radical new solar-powered engine. He has the Air Force’s attention.

The Tea Party’s Brain

How Ron Paul's fringe obsessions—the gold standard, the Fed, the perils of deficits—entered the mainstream
Video: Joshua Green and Marc Ambinder discuss the two major themes of this election cycle: the economy and “loony candidates.”

Smuggler, Forger, Writer, Spy

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist with many disguises—from addict to imam—and one overriding mission: to force Ghana’s government to act against the lawbreakers he exposes.

The Last Patrol

In the heart of Taliban country, the paratroopers of 2 Charlie begin their final mission, braving snipers, IEDs, and the unrelenting sun.
Video: Footage from the soldiers' harrowing last days in Afghanistan


Uncle Sam’s Mysterious Hoard

In lean times, why is 0 billion worth of government treasure simply sitting in vaults?

Dark Tourism

Cambodia tries to turn its bloody history into a sightseeing boom.

Road Hogs

How pig manure can pave our streets—and a path to cleaner energy

Gaza’s Surfer Girls

Riding the waves and testing Hamas’s limits

Birding at the Border

Watching raptors—and immigration agents—in an Arizona preserve

Gunpowder on the Rocks

A New Zealand bartender learns what pirates and sailors knew long ago: explosives and liquor mix just fine.

Don’t Shoot the Bear

Whale pizzas and polar bears: A man on a mission at the Arctic Circle

A New Wrinkle in Time

With the decline of the wristwatch, will time become just another app?


The American Critic

H. L. Mencken trained American intellectuals in what to like—and how to rebel.

Men Who Love Too Much

Patrick Hamilton’s exceptional, and overlooked, novels show that falling in love with the wrong person is misery—and it isn’t much fun for the wrong person either.

How Broadway Conquered the World

America’s most energetic art form owes its success to compulsive singability.

Cover to Cover

Witchcraft in West Africa; Julia Glass’s latest fiction; and more


Can GM Get Its Groove Back?

Buyers remain wary, and Washington is unlikely to recover all its bailout cash. But the colossus has slashed costs and spiffed up its cars—and is rejoining the global race.

Truth Lies Here

How can Americans talk to one another—let alone engage in political debate—when the Web allows every side to invent its own facts?

The Doctor is In

Why a 47-year-old English sci-fi show is suddenly an American hit


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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