October 2012

The Atlantic - October 2012

James Bennet on campaign finance, James Parker on 50 Shades of Grey, a special report on American schools, and more

Election 2012

American Schools

Feature

Dispatches

Columns

Books

  • The Weaker Sex

    The Weaker Sex

    How the new gender economics has more and more professional-class women looking at their mates and thinking: How long until I vote you off the island?

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  • Cover to Cover

    Cover to Cover

    The untold story of America's color consensus; Rachel Cusk's way with metaphors; and more

Poetry

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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