March 2012

James Fallows on Obama, Raymond Bonner on the death penalty, Christopher Hitchens on G.K. Chesterton, and more

The Atlantic - March 2012


The Conversation

Responses and reverberations


What’s Your Problem?

When to send your teenage daughter to a tattoo artist, and other advice


Obama, Explained

A longtime analyst of the presidency takes the measure of our 44th president, with a view to history.
Video: Fallows talks to Atlantic Senior Editor Corby Kummer about Obama’s chances for reelection and what he might learn from George W. Bush.

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?

The Last Line of Defense

An unlikely crusader, Diana Holt wages a heroic, long-odds battle against the death penalty.
Commentary: Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic's legal writer, discusses this piece and explores the death penalty's fatal flaw.


They Kill Horses, Don’t They?

A family farm, a drought, and difficult choices

I ♥ Iraq

How the country’s tourism minister makes the hard sell

Canon Fodder

A library bets on future literary stars.

The Revolutionist

The secret architect of the Arab Spring casts an eye on Occupy Wall Street.


An Italian celebrity chef designs a fast-food burger.

Five-Star Trek

A pampered tour through the Peruvian Andes

Iron Giant

One of America’s great machines comes back to life.


Why Companies Fail

Why is corporate turnaround so difficult and rare?

Horror for Kids

Goosebumps celebrates 20 years of spooking fourth-graders.


Tales From the Crypt

Two books uncover the romance and adventure of archaeology.

The Reactionary

The charming, sinister G. K. Chesterton
Tribute: Benjamin Schwarz shares the story behind Christopher Hitchens’s March 2012 essay.

Daddy Issues

Why caring for my aging father has me wishing he would die
The Elder Chronicles: Stories about aging and caretaking from's Health channel

Cover to Cover

Jane Eyre revisited; the geologic story of the American West; 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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