June 2014

The case for reparations, the blaze that killed 19 firefighters, what drives Vladimir Putin, a boozy night with a Hollywood gigolo, Wall Street's $6 billion mystery, and more

The Atlantic - June 2014


The Conversation

Responses and reverberations

The Big Question

What is the most influential song of all time?


The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Fire on the Mountain

What went wrong last summer in Yarnell, Arizona, where a blaze killed 19 firefighters? Is it time to reconsider our approach to battling wildfire?

How the Novel Made the Modern World

And how the modern world unmade the novel


Putting Ukraine in Its Place

From the current debates you’d never know what matters more: Russia’s land grab, Iran’s nuclear program, or China’s territorial claims. How America stopped thinking strategically.

Funny or Die

How your sense of humor can improve your health, get you pregnant, and even save your life

The Gigolo

My night in with Vin Armani

Spoiler Alert

Fresher food labels

Is Herbalife a Pyramid Scheme?

Wall Street’s $6 billion mystery: Big investors are making opposite bets about the company’s future.

So Long, Partner

The curious staying power of husband and wife

Making Babies

Five predictions about the future of reproduction

How the Rich Shall Inherit the Earth

Who are the new plutocrats, and how did they get to the top oftheworld?

Little Emperors

In Sweden, a backlash against the rule of children

The Culture File

The Game That Conquered the World

What is the appeal of Minecraft? It’s the limitless creation of one’s own reality.

Flash Fiction

How Stuart Dybek, a master of the short story, captures elusive memories and moments

What Putin Wants

Respect, sure, but also money. How that shapes his relations with the West.

Scalia v. Scalia

Does his faith influence his judicial decision making?

Ship of Wonks

Looking for love on a cruise for science nerds

Has Craft Distilling Lost Its Spirit?

Too many stills, too little expertise

Pain Tourism

Travels in the land of empathy


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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