June 2011

The Atlantic - June 2011


Letters to the editor

Responses and reverberations


What's Your Problem?

Don’t propose on The Today Show, and other advice


After the Arab Spring

The crumbling of dictatorships across the Middle East presents the Obama administration with a conundrum: How to nurture the spread of freedom while managing the rise of Islamist fundamentalism? By promoting democracy in some countries while propping up monarchs in others.
Interview: The Secretary of State answers questions about Arab and Chinese leadership in a way that is fluent, masterful, and unusually pugnacious.

The Tragedy of Sarah Palin

Where would Alaska’s most notorious inhabitant—and our national politics—be today if she had run on her collaborative record rather than her divisive persona?

The Failure of American Schools

As chancellor of the nation’s largest school system, the author spent eight years battling recalcitrant unions and feckless politicians. American education, he learned, is a senseless system that must be gutted before it can be reformed.

Hunting a Killer in L.A.

Twenty-three years after a young nurse was murdered in southern California, detectives zeroed in on a most unlikely suspect. A tale of deception, forensic science, and a cold case gone suddenly hot.
Video: Two LAPD detectives interrogate a fellow officer suspected of committing a murder 23 years earlier.


Is San Francisco Next?

Tokyo is more likely, says a scientist whose work on aftershocks may revolutionize quake forecasting.

Death by Tabloid

Uganda’s most infamous journalist makes no apologies.

Perverse Incentives

Gynecologists cash in on an intimate new market

Fade to White

A filmmaker maps Austin’s shifting ethnic landscape.

Can the Manhattan Go Suburban?

Chain restaurants embrace the high-end cocktail.

The Wicked Coast of Maine

It's a joy in summer, but even more captivating in winter.

The Rise of Backyard Biotech

Powered by social networking, file sharing, and e-mail, a new cottage industry is bringing niche drugs to market.


Holding Washington Hostage

Why the man who runs the world's largest mutual fund sold all his Treasury bonds

The Beast Within

The secret formula of Animal Planet: it’s all about us.
Video: James Parker explains the appeal of shows like It's Me or the Dog and Meerkat Manor.


Hollywood: A Love Story

Often spot-on, sometimes creepy, David Thomson’s masterwork is the most influential book ever written about the movies—and the most infuriating.

Red Rosa

The writings of the martyred socialist Rosa Luxemburg give a plaintive view of history’s paths not taken.

Cover to Cover

The calculating, pseudo-classy Katharine Hepburn; estranged lovers in Rome; and more


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?

What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of CardsThis American LifeThe Moth, and more 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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