June 2012

The Atlantic - June 2012

David H. Freedman on the perfected self, Mark Bowden on being in the dumb kids' class, James Parker on Glenn Beck, Isaac Chotiner on P. G. Wodehouse, and more

Features

  • The Perfected Self

    The Perfected Self

    Once denounced by critics as a fascist idea, "behavior modification" is making a comeback, powered by smartphone apps that aim to transform us into better versions of ourselves.

    Live chat: David H. Freedman answers readers’ questions about weight loss strategies, teenage pot-smoking, Noam Chomsky, and other topics.

  • The Vietnam Solution

    The Vietnam Solution

    How a former U.S. enemy became a crucial ally in the effort to counter China's growing power

    Map: A close look at the fiercely contested South China Sea

  • American Sweetheart

    American Sweetheart

    Fierce, cocky, and built for stardom, Marlen Esparza prepares to fight for the gold at this summer’s Olympic debut of women’s boxing.

  • Fiction: Honors Track

    Fiction: Honors Track

    “The exam went off without a hitch, and from there, stopping just didn’t make sense. Before each Calc test, we convened at Jill’s house to work out the answers.”

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Video

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.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

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

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

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

Video

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.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

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

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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

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