The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, The Moynihan Report: An Annotated Edition, The Age of Mass Incarceration, Can DNA Evidence Solve a 30-Year-Old Crime?, How an 18th-Century Philosopher Helped Solve My Midlife Crisis, and more...

This Month from The Atlantic

October 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates on mass incarceration, why your boss may be irrelevant, the case for fathers as primary parents, naked people on reality TV, and more

Cover Story

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it's time to reclaim his original intent.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Moynihan Report: An Annotated Edition

An annotated version of the Moynihan Report

Daniel Geary


Can DNA Evidence Solve a 30-Year-Old Crime?

San Diego police believe they’ve finally cracked the case of a 14-year-old girl murdered in 1984. But what if they’re wrong?

James Vlahos

How an 18th-Century Philosopher Helped Solve My Midlife Crisis

David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment

Alison Gopnik


Why I Put My Wife’s Career First

The well-being of children, the status of women, and the happiness of men will depend on whether more fathers are willing to take on primary parenting roles.

Andrew Moravcsik

America’s Fragile Constitution

The Founders misread history and established a dysfunctional system of government. A case for a little less reverence.

Yoni Appelbaum

Why We Compete

A scientific looks at people’s obsessions with besting their peers

Matthew Hutson

The Anti-Redskin

In the fight over the team’s name, Ray Halbritter is an adversary unlike any the NFL has faced before.

Ariel Sabar

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.

Jerry Useem

The Nature Cure

Why some doctors are writing prescriptions for time outdoors

James Hamblin

Virtual Reality Gets Real

The promises—and pitfalls—of the emerging technology

Maria Konnikova

The Bridge That Bans Cars

You can walk, bike, or ride a bus across Tilikum Crossing in Portland—but you can’t drive.

Brian Libby

Recreational Tank Driving

A visit to Heyse’s Tank Driving Fun School in eastern Germany

Renuka Rayasam

Stripping J. Edgar Hoover’s Name From the FBI Building

The Confederate flag has been taken down at South Carolina’s Capitol. Why not get J. Edgar Hoover’s name off the Bureau’s headquarters?

Jonathan Rauch

RFK Was a Crummy Attorney

A very short book excerpt

James Neff

The Culture File

How Naked People Took Over Reality Television

The curious boom of broadcasted genitalia

James Parker

The Hypnotic Genius of Elena Ferrante

An epic from Italy about female friendship and fate

Judith Shulevitz

Hit Charade

Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts.

Nathaniel Rich

Thurgood Marshall, Badass Lawyer

The Supreme Court justice may have left a stronger legacy off the bench.

Michael O'Donnell

Extreme Altruism

Larissa MacFarquhar writes about do-gooders who “open themselves to a sense of unlimited, crushing responsibility.”

Ann Hulbert