April 2013

Hanna Rosin on toddlers and iPads, Jeffrey Goldberg on the king of Jordan, James Fallows on life on Mars, our annual money report, and much more

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The Conversation

Responses and reverberations

What Was the Worst Marriage Ever?

What was the worst marriage ever?


The Touch-Screen Generation

Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?
Video: Hanna Rosin and her 4-year-old son demonstrate how children use iPads.

The Modern King in the Arab Spring

Can Jordan's Abdullah II, the region's most pro-American Arab leader, liberalize his kingdom, modernize its economy, and save the country from capture by Islamist radicals?

What Exactly Is Donald Trump's Deal?

Is he a buffoon? A genius? An exploration of the man, his brand, and his chronic bluster.
List: Seven of Trump's most litigious moments

My Hyperinflation Vacation

A trip to the Iranian resort island of Kish illuminates the strange consequences of economic sanctions.

Why the Rich Don’t Give to Charity

The wealthiest Americans donate 1.3 percent of their income; the poorest, 3.2 percent. What's up with that?

Where the Recession Hit Us Hardest: An Interactive Map

How different regions and industries have weathered the downturn—and the recovery

Rodgers and Hart's Dysfunctional Partnership

Richard was disciplined and controlling. Lorenz was undisciplined, uncontrollable, and often drunk. But it worked.


For Whom the Bell Tolls

The inexorable decline of America’s least favorite pronoun

Campaign Finance: Raise Spending Limits, Increase Transparency

It will mean concessions from both Democrats and Republicans, but it will be good for America.

The Day the Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The intelligence brief on the apparent accident was three sentences long, and it scared the hell out of White House officials.

Casino Jack’s New Game

After more than three years in prison and an implausible makeover, Abramoff is still Abramoff.

There's a War Criminal at My Gym

Our advice columnist to the rescue

The Queen Bee’s Guide to Parenting

What the animal kingdom can teach us about raising families

War Machine: Iron Man–Like Exoskeletons and the Army of the Future

Technical advances may make upper-body strength less important in combat—and level the playing field for women.

Why Isn't Better Education Giving Women More Power?

The false egalitarian promise of advanced degrees

The Work/Life Question: 4 Books, 1 Answer

A survey of converging perspectives by influential women

Mars, Our First Outpost on the Final Frontier

James Fallows talks with space entrepreneur Eric Anderson about the next wave of space exploration.

The Economics of Marriage in 3 Stats

Some surprising numbers about matrimony

The Return of the Monopoly: An Infographic

More mergers, fewer players. Is this the end of competitive capitalism?

Culture File

The Housewife-Industrial Complex

How a TV franchise mutated into a demented hybrid of gossip generator and infomercial
Video: Parker comments on an awkward dinner party scene

Chapter and Verse: The Unknown Prose of a Great Poet

Reassessing the literary legacy of the Lost Generation's Edward Thomas

Solving Jane Austen Puzzles

And new fiction by Elizabeth Strout. Two short book reviews.

The Skeptic’s Guide to the South Pacific

How I learned to stop worrying and love vacation


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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