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The Long Stretch Home

The fourth day of a cross-country flight

On SOTU Day, a 'City Makers Summit' and Some Next Steps in Civic Life

On SOTU Day, a 'City Makers Summit' and Some Next Steps in Civic Life

A conference in Washington, a development across the country

California High-Speed Rail: The Collector's Edition

California High-Speed Rail: The Collector's Edition

An index to the arguments pro and con about the most ambitious infrastructure project in the United States

The 'Case Against Credentialism,' Then and Now

The 'Case Against Credentialism,' Then and Now

One axiom about journalism is that it should try to "see life steady and see it whole." A look at one of The Atlantic's steady themes over the years

Chickenhawk Responses No. 7: Winning Battles, Losing Wars

Chickenhawk Responses No. 7: Winning Battles, Losing Wars

"Our armed forces have generally been successful on the battlefield. But with an important qualification..."  

Chickenhawk Response No. 6: Showing Gratitude in a Way That Matters

Chickenhawk Response No. 6: Showing Gratitude in a Way That Matters

"If you want to thank me and honor my friends, do so by being a good citizen."

Chickenhawk Responses No. 5: 'Get the Hell Back in Your Foxhole'

Chickenhawk Responses No. 5: 'Get the Hell Back in Your Foxhole'

Three thoughts on what it means to thank people for their service

Chickenhawk Nation, Reader Response No. 3: 'Quiet Gratitude,' or Dangerous Contempt?

Chickenhawk Nation, Reader Response No. 3: 'Quiet Gratitude,' or Dangerous Contempt?

"I have nothing but disgust for military apologists such as James Fallows."

Readers on the 'Tragedy of the American Military,' No. 1

Readers on the 'Tragedy of the American Military,' No. 1

"It is a dangerous slope we are on where we worship the troops, have no clue what they do, or why, and as along as we don't need to know, we are happy," a West Point graduate writes.

A Rural High School with a 21st Century Outlook

A Rural High School with a 21st Century Outlook

A California school prepares its students for success.

Travel Chronicles, From East to West

Travel Chronicles, From East to West

How the city that gave the world the very first McDonald's hamburger is trying to remake its economy, and other tales

Revisiting <em>The Atlantic</em>'s Dust Bowl Series

Revisiting The Atlantic's Dust Bowl Series

The third day of a cross-country flight

That Winning Bid for California's High-Speed Rail: Is It Suspiciously Low?

That Winning Bid for California's High-Speed Rail: Is It Suspiciously Low?

"No one should have the illusion that this phase is going to be completed for $1.2 billion. This is a political number." So says a critic of the surprisingly low successful bid. The rail system's chairman begs to differ.

California High-Speed Rail: It's Happening

California High-Speed Rail: It's Happening

Three weeks from now, a groundbreaking ceremony on the most important infrastructure project now underway in the United States

A Vibrant American Musical Career, far From America's Cultural Capitals

A Vibrant American Musical Career, far From America's Cultural Capitals

What Larry Groce discovered by launching a national radio program from an out-of-the-way location

How the Arts Drove Pittsburgh's Revitalization

How the Arts Drove Pittsburgh's Revitalization

The role of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, founded by a wealthy band of visionaries 30 years ago, is central—but hard to replicate.

The Past Is Never Past: Slave Labor in the West Virginia Salt Works

The Past Is Never Past: Slave Labor in the West Virginia Salt Works

"It is not fair to the men who were forced to work in this industry to celebrate the salt without celebrating them as well."

Connecting Dots Over America

Connecting Dots Over America

The second day of a cross-country flight

Another Look at Salt-Harvesting in West Virginia

Another Look at Salt-Harvesting in West Virginia

Combine ancient ingredients with a modern sensibility, and a new business takes form.

Artisanal Salt From an Ancient Sea

Artisanal Salt From an Ancient Sea

A different kind of underground wealth is the source of a new business in West Virginia.

Flying West From the Winter

Flying West From the Winter

The first day of a cross-country flight

On the Politics of American Resilience

On the Politics of American Resilience

One reader urges me to embrace my inner conservative. Other readers say: Not so fast!

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A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

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'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

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What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM

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