Our annual guide to the people risking their reputations, fortunes, and lives in pursuit of big ideas Hawa Abdi | Lydia Cacho Ribeiro | Isabel Castillo | Chris Christie | Amy Chua | P. J. Crowley | Wael Ghonim | Julia Gillard | Steve Jobs | Vinod Khosla | Terrence Malick | Luis Moreno-Ocampo | Peter Moskos | Richard Muller | Barack Obama | Rex Ryan | Ali Tarhouni | Peter Thiel | Matthew Weiner | Ai Weiwei | Paul Root Wolpe
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An inside look at the unsettling perils of cloud computing—and how to avoid them
Why would a California convict opt for a death sentence? With few executions and better living conditions, why not?
If you build a shiny new performing-arts center, will the creative class come?
A Moscow apartment block’s tenants turn over, one vodka binge at a time.
The first openly gay U.S. political candidate works to save a slice of gay history.
A taste of cocktail Americana comes in from the cold.
Rather than attracting slackers or ironic celebrants, a camp for bowlers reveals the American ideal.
Is lifelike synthetic speech finally within reach?
Are members of Congress guilty of insider trading—and does it matter?
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