July/August 2012

The Atlantic - 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

Features

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

Dispatches

Columns

Books

Editor's Note

Letters

Poetry

Advice

Video

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

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