Transplanting human heads to save lives, evaluating U.S. homeland security 15 years after 9/11, how the plight of the white underclass drives American politics, reclaiming critical inquiry in Vietnamese schools, and much more

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September 2016

September 2016

Transplanting human heads to save lives, evaluating U.S. homeland security 15 years after 9/11, how the plight of the white underclass drives American politics, reclaiming critical inquiry in Vietnamese schools, and much more

Cover Story

Is America Any Safer?

Since 9/11, the United States has spent $1 trillion to defend against al-Qaeda and ISIL, dirty bombs and lone wolves, bioterror and cyberterror. Has it worked?

Steven Brill

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Features

The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head

What would happen if it actually works?

Sam Kean

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Reading Raphael in Hanoi

Critical inquiry is discouraged in modern-day Vietnamese schools. But, one student argues, there’s an encouraging trend of young people seeking out alternative viewpoints from around the world.

Thanh T. Nguyen

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The Original Underclass

Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has.

Alec MacGillis and ProPublica

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Dispatches

Why Are Some Conservative Thinkers Falling for Trump?

Peter Beinart

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Breaking Into Baseball’s Ultimate Boys’ Club

Betsy Morais

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Big in Canada: Throwing Axes for Fun

Bianca Bosker

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Rebuilding a Former Slave’s House in the Smithsonian

Kriston Capps

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How Helicopter Parenting Can Cause Binge Drinking

Caitlin Flanagan

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The Charisma Effect

Matthew Hutson

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Why the U.S. President Needs a Council of Historians

Graham Allison and Niall Ferguson

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Fun With DNA

Sam Kean

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Culture File

How British Soccer Became Must-See TV

James Parker

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Invented Disaster and the American Jewish Experience

A. O. Scott

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When Parks Were Radical

Nathaniel Rich

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How Beyoncé and Kanye Made Marriage Cool Again

Spencer Kornhaber

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Departments

The Conversation

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What Fictional School Would You Most Like to Attend?

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