July/August 2013

The biggest ideas of 2013, why junk food is fat's greatest foe, the real baby deadline, and more

The Atlantic - July/August 2013


The Conversation

Responses and reverberations

The Big Question

How and when will the world end?

A Video Letter From the Editor

James Bennet on the new issue


Ideas of the Year 2013

A guide to the intellectual trends that, for better or worse, are shaping our lives today—plus a bunch of other insights, proposals, and provocations

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

The decline in fertility over the course of a woman's 30s has been oversold. Here's what the statistics really tell us—and what they don't.

Can Government Play Moneyball?

A new era of fiscal scarcity could make Washington work better.

How Junk Food Can End Obesity

Demonizing processed food may be dooming many to obesity and disease. Could embracing the drive-thru make us all healthier?
Video: Could healthier fast food save America? David Freedman and Atlantic senior editor Corby Kummer discuss this month's cover story.

Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

The central conflict of domestic life right now isn't men versus women or mothers versus fathers; it's the family against money.


What's With the U.S. Media's Aversion to Graphic Images?

In an R-rated world, American news remains rigidly PG.

Baffling Plans to Foil Bizarre Terrorists

An excerpt from The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

Papa, Don't Text: The Perils of Distracted Parenting

"You can only do one thing at a time: talk to the baby or talk on the phone."

How Yelp Might Clean Up the Restaurant Industry

Ever wonder about the risk of vermin infection at your favorite eatery? The review site is teaming up with public-health officials to make health ratings count.

How Shareholders Are Ruining American Business

They helped cause the crash in 2008, and they're holding the economy back now.

NPR’s Great Black Hope

Can Glynn Washington diversify the network's audience?

American Support for Drones—by the Numbers

Should we use unmanned arial vehicles to kill suspected terrorists? How about to issue traffic tickets?

How to Build a Digital Brain

Palm founder Jeff Hawkins on neurology, big data, and the future of artificial intelligence

Russia's Hottest Satirical Novelist Takes On the Anti-Putin Opposition

How the country is reacting to Victor Pelevin's latest novel, Batman Apollo

Culture File

'Til Meth Do Us Part: Who Is Going to Die at the End of Breaking Bad?

When AMC's masterful series winds to a close this summer, it's a safe bet that either Walter or Jesse will have to go.

Is Franz Kafka Overrated?

Critics have long tended to see him as a modernist master on par with Joyce, Proust, and Picasso. Let's reconsider that.

Tasmania: Maybe the Most Unforgettable Place Ever

It has history, beauty, wallabies, devils, prisons, cricket matches, museums, brewpubs …


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?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life 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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