The Atlantic’s second annual assessment of the year's most intrepid and original thinking, featuring a highlight video, a look at how last year's thinkers are faring today, and profiles of these risk-takers: Carol Ball| David Cameron | Dan Choi | Kevin Costner | Michael T. Flynn | Deborah Gist | John Hantz | Elon Musk | Diane Ravitch | Robert Sarver | Tom Sullivan | Elizabeth Warren | Jack Weinstein | Sakena Yacoobi | Guillermo Zuloaga | Anas Aremeyaw Anas | John Ionnidis | Lonnie Johnson | Ron Paul
John Ioannidis has proved that much of what gets published in medical journals is wrong. Does your doctor know?
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.
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.
In lean times, why is 0 billion worth of government treasure simply sitting in vaults?
Cambodia tries to turn its bloody history into a sightseeing boom.
How pig manure can pave our streets—and a path to cleaner energy
Riding the waves and testing Hamas’s limits
Watching raptors—and immigration agents—in an Arizona preserve
A New Zealand bartender learns what pirates and sailors knew long ago: explosives and liquor mix just fine.
Whale pizzas and polar bears: A man on a mission at the Arctic Circle
With the decline of the wristwatch, will time become just another app?
H. L. Mencken trained American intellectuals in what to like—and how to rebel.
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.
America’s most energetic art form owes its success to compulsive singability.
Witchcraft in West Africa; Julia Glass’s latest fiction; and more
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.
How can Americans talk to one another—let alone engage in political debate—when the Web allows every side to invent its own facts?
Why a 47-year-old English sci-fi show is suddenly an American hit