June 2013

James Fallows on Jerry Brown's second chance. Plus: the mystery of the second skeleton, how gay couples are getting marriage right, the end of the retail salesperson, and more.

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The Conversation

Responses and reverberations

The Big Question

What was the most influential TV show ever?


Jerry Brown's Political Reboot

In his reprise as governor, he's been as ruthlessly practical as he's been reflective, embracing his inner politician to restore the California dream.

The Gay Guide to Wedded Bliss

Research finds that same-sex unions are happier than heterosexual marriages. What can gay and lesbian couples teach straight ones about living in harmony?
Video: Are same-sex couples a model for how to revive heterosexual marriage? Hanna Rosin talks to Liza Mundy.

The Girl Who Turned to Bone

Unexpected discoveries in the quest to cure an extraordinary skeletal condition show how medically relevant rare diseases can be.

The Rise and Fall of Charm in American Men

Few possess it, and not many want to. Explaining men's ambivalent relationship with an amoral virtue.


Do Presidents Really Steer Foreign Policy?

They can—but mainly by doing things other than what we want and expect from them.
Video: A tribute to that pillar of teen culture, the shopping mall
Video: A visual guide to hand gestures around the world

The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World

The tech-industry veteran Linda Stone on how to pay attention

How to Save the GOP

What Republicans can learn from the Democrats' revival

Josh Barro, the Loneliest Republican

What to make of the 28-year-old columnist's contempt for the GOP—and its would-be reformers

Big in Japan: Steve Jobs

An American icon finds immortality

Are We Truly Overworked? An Investigation—in 6 Charts

Americans are laboring less than ever. So why do we feel so busy?

Culture File

Why Sylvia Plath Still Haunts Us

Even half a century after her suicide, both her work and her life remain thrilling and horrifying.

1963: The Year the Beatles Found Their Voice

Listening to a young band rapidly assimilating and remixing genres it would soon transcend

'Idiot,' 'Yahoo,' 'Original Gorilla': How Lincoln Was Dissed in His Day

The difficulty of recognizing excellence in its own time
Video: What does it take to make real craft gin? Tour the Green Hat Gin distillery in Washington, D.C.


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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