July/August 2011

The annual ideas issue, the trouble with good parents, the case for alternative medicine, and more


The 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year

Our annual guide to the trends shaping America. Plus an online-only special report on the biggest ideas in politics, culture, business, technology, and more.

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy

Obsessing over our children's happiness may doom them to miserable adulthoods.
Video: Lori Gottlieb speaks with the parenting expert Wendy Mogel about how well-meaning parents ruin their kids.

Invisible, Inc.

In the camouflage industry, deception is an artful science.
Slideshow: A look back at how armed forces have mastered the art of disappearing

The Triumph of New-Age Medicine

Why many doctors are embracing long-maligned alternative treatments
Debate: A panel of experts, including Andrew Weil and Dean Ornish, weigh in on whether alternative medicine works.

The World’s Schoolmaster

How a German scientist is using test data to revolutionize education

The Brain on Trial

As advances in brain science erode traditional notions of blame and free will, a leading neuroscientist is charting a new way forward for law and order.


Libyan Rebels: A Sound Track

In Misurata, fighters turn to Pink Floyd in their war against Qaddafi.

The Agony of Crist

A political superstar’s precipitous fall

India Invents a City

Lavasa is an orderly, high-tech community with everything—except people.

The False Heroism of a Civil War Photographer

Taking a closer look at the legendary Mathew Brady

Chef City

In Las Vegas, famous restaurateurs are finally making meals to match the hype.

Paddling the Everglades Trail

Kayaking Florida's saltwater trail—with crocodiles, sharks, and other predators

The Light Fantastic

Streetlights are about to change the color of night—for the better.


Why Content Isn’t King

How Netflix became America’s biggest video service—much to the astonishment of media executives and investors

The Joy of Vex

The godless charm of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Video: James Parker comments on scenes from the HBO comedy


My Ramona

Beverly Cleary’s body of work shows why topicality derails great literature.

The Madness of Cesar Chavez

A new biography of the icon shows that saints should be judged guilty until proved innocent.

The Real Mahatma Gandhi

Questioning the moral heroism of India's most revered figure


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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