June 2011

The Atlantic - June 2011

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  • After the Arab Spring

    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

    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

    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.

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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.

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What Makes a Story Great?

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

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

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

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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.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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