Why education in America is losing its soul, stunning photos of Apollo 16, the collective ambivalence in the U.S. war against ISIS, and more...

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Life in the Sickest Town in America

I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least-healthy, both in the same state. Here’s what I learned about work, well-being, and happiness.

Olga Khazan

The Wisdom Deficit in Schools

New education standards emphasize technical reading skills over an appreciation for literature and the deeper values it can instill.

Michael Godsey

Leviathan: An Incisive Take on Russia Even Putin Couldn't Ignore

The country's entry for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars is a rare example of a director's prestige prevailing over a fiercely controlling propaganda machine.

Katie Kilkenny

America's Middle Class Is Unlucky

President Obama's tax plan is Piketty-lite, aimed at reversing years of economic rot among America's poorest 50 percent.

Derek Thompson

A Debt-Free State of the Union

The most important words in Obama's speech, and in the Republican responses, were the ones hardly uttered at all.

Peter Beinart

The Museum of the Future Is Here

Some things belong in a museum. But at the Smithsonian's recently reopened museum of design, a team has been rethinking what a thing is in the first place.

Robinson Meyer

The Push to Destigmatize Abortion

Pro-choice activists hope that getting women to talk about their experiences will boost support for the movement.

Julie Rovner

No One's War

In his State of the Union, Obama asked Congress and the public to support a campaign that none of them want to own—not even him.

Uri Friedman

Photo: A Look Back at Apollo 16

In early April of 1972, NASA was preparing to launch the Apollo program's 10th manned mission, Apollo 16—the fifth to actually land on the Moon.

Video: What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

Sam Price-Waldman, Paul Rosenfeld, and Katherine Wells

The Tragedy of the American Military

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.

James Fallows