July/August 2012

The biggest ideas of 2012, why women still can't have it all, Caitlin Flanagan on JFK's affairs, new fiction by Elmore Leonard, and more

The Atlantic - July/August 2012


The Conversation

Responses and reverberations


What’s Your Problem?

When to lie to kids, and other advice


The Ideas List 2012

From banning gasoline and hiring introverts to abolishing the secret ballot and befriending Islamists, our collection of modest proposals. Plus an online-only report on big ideas in politics, culture, business, tech, and more.

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves: the mothers who have made it to the top of their profession are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. Here’s what has to change for the rest of us.
Video: Anne-Marie Slaughter discusses the struggles of working mothers with Atlantic senior editor Hanna Rosin.
Live Chat: The author talks with readers about her cover story.
Debate: Writers weigh in on our cover story and voice their own opinions about work, family, and "having it all."

Jersey Boys

Chris Christie and Bruce Springsteen—a tale of politics, rock and roll, and unrequited love
Playlist: Listen to the governor's 10 all-time favorite Springsteen tunes.

The Measured Man

Larry Smarr is charting his every bodily function in minute detail—and may have found the future of health care.
Video: Smarr shows off his imaging technology—and the inside of his own colon.

Fiction: Ice Man

He saw deputies in their serious hats coming through the restaurant from the kitchen, four white guys who looked like they meant business.
Video: Elmore Leonard talks about bad movies and good writing with James Parker.


Hell on Bicycle Wheels

Outside Olympic Park, the most cutthroat, reckless, competitive race of 2012 is already under way.

Olympic Idol

Who will carry the flame for Britain?
Slideshow: The stories behind some of the most memorable Olympic cauldron lighters in history

World’s Worst Traffic Jam

How a 40-mile trip to Lagos took 12 hours

The Last Days of Foie Gras

Irate chefs, frenzied gourmands, and the rise of animal rights in California

For the Love of Art

Destroying paintings in order to save them


A close encounter with the sport’s most authentic madman

Finding the Perfect Wave in Liberia

Its old war scars healed, the West African coast beckons surfers of all varieties.

The Right Spacesuit

New technology lets a skydiver fall from 120,000 feet. Could it also save astronauts’ lives?


The Triumph of the Family Farm

Farming is in the midst of a startling renaissance—one that holds lessons for America’s economic future.

A Long, Strange Trip

How a new 14-DVD box set turned a lifelong skeptic on to the music of the Grateful Dead


A Renaissance Palace and a Loaf of Wonder Bread

Revising Spain's Escorial, plus the history of a maligned American food

Jackie and the Girls

Mrs. Kennedy’s JFK problem—and ours
Live Chat: Caitlin Flanagan talks to readers about our beloved and complicated 35th president.

Cover to Cover

Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell returns; the history of Maurice Sendak’s medium; a better parking lot; and more


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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