January/February 2011

Why the new global ruling class is leaving you behind, how porn is—and isn't—changing sex for women, the new physics of tennis, and more


The Rise of the New Global Elite

The changing economy has created a new class of business megastars. Super-rich and often self-made, they tend to be ambivalent about the rest of us, and they increasingly form a nation unto themselves.

Good Ol’ Girl

Does Nikki Haley, the new governor of South Carolina, signal a fundamental change in the GOP’s relationship with women, and in the GOP itself?
Video: Hanna Rosin and Joshua Green discuss McConnell, Haley, and the tensions within the new Republican Party.

Strict Obstructionist

Senator Mitch McConnell is the quiet architect of the Republicans' resurgence—and the biggest reason why nothing's getting done in Washington.

How the Recession Changed Us

Economic disaster by the numbers

The Tyranny of the Defense Inc.

Fifty years later, Eisenhower's warnings about the military-industrial complex look not only prescient, but dramatically understated.
From the Archives: Crooked contractors, radical overspending, and other stories of the military-industrial complex from the Atlantic archives.

Fighting the Next War

The case for a new national security act

Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving

An exclusive survey of West Point graduates reveals a growing lack of faith in the military’s meritocracy.


Private Plane, Public Menace

The astonishing security flaws of private aviation

The Last Stand of Ricardo Sanchez

Ricardo Sanchez's quixotic quest for truth about the Iraq War

The Kindest Cut

To fight AIDS, Swaziland turns to mass circumcision.
Slideshow: Photos from Swaziland's national HIV prevention campaign

The Amazon’s Mysterious Cure-All

Side effects may include intense pain, extreme vomiting, and absolutely terrifying visions
Slideshow: At an Amazonian healing ceremony, participants try to bridge the physical and spiritual worlds.

Shade of Home

Reckoning with the ghosts of Mum and Pup

The Hangover Cure

A review of alleged hangover remedies, ancient and modern

Rudyard Kipling Wrote Here

Inside the Vermont home where Kipling created his classic tales

The New Physics of Tennis

Unlocking the mysteries of Rafael Nadal’s killer topspin
Video: Joshua Speckman demonstrates how new technology is warping the tennis world


The Hazards of Duke

A now infamous PowerPoint presentation exposes a lot about men, women, sex, and alcohol—and about how universities are letting their female students down.

Hard Core

The new world of porn is revealing eternal truths about men and women.


Dire States

Most state governors will have to either raise taxes or cut spending—exactly what not to do when recovering from a recession.

The Wild World of Sports

In ESPN’s SportsCenter, the fan still finds solace—even order—in chaos.
Video: James Parker comments on scenes of malfunctioning touch screens and overzealous soccer announcers.


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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