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Parents Need to Relax—Even the 'Tiger Mother' Thinks So

Parents tend to think their kids want more from them. But what they really wish is that their parents wouldn't be so anxious. | Molly Ball


The Future of X: Allison Carruth on Art-Science Collaboration Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Allison Carruth on Art-Science Collaboration

The UCLA professor describes cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary work being done at the intersection of biology, art, and ethics.

The Future of X: Anna Deavere Smith on Theater Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Anna Deavere Smith on Theater

From supporting young, innovative talent to integrating new technologies, the actress and playwright reflects on what's to come in the world of theater. 

The Future of X: Moby on the Future Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Moby on the Future

How do we think about the future? The musician and DJ discusses technology, climate change, and the fastest way to get from London to Los Angeles -- in the 1890s. 

The Future of X: Peter Singer on Weapons Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Peter Singer on Weapons

The director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings describes technologies that will change the nature of conflict around the world.

Will the Decline in Marriage Mean a Decline in Political Power for Mothers? Lake Research Partners

Will the Decline in Marriage Mean a Decline in Political Power for Mothers?

Unmarried mothers are now the majority of new moms under 30, and 41 percent of non-college educated moms. Too bad they don't vote so much.

The Future of X: Nicola Twilley on Food Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Nicola Twilley on Food

The author of EdibleGeography.com describes how things like refrigeration and "probiotic cities" could shape the future of what we eat. 

The Future of X: Lieutenant General Mary Legere on Military Intelligence Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Lieutenant General Mary Legere on Military Intelligence

The senior Army intelligence office at the Pentagon outlines the challenges and opportunities technology poses. 

The Future of X: Tegla Loroupe on Peace in East Africa Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Tegla Loroupe on Peace in East Africa

The marathon champion discusses her work as an activist in Kenya, using sports to bring people together.

The Future of X: Mitch Landrieu on New Orleans Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Mitch Landrieu on New Orleans

The mayor of New Orleans talks about the challenges and ideas that are shaping the city's recovery.

The Future of X: Lawrence Summers on Higher Education Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Lawrence Summers on Higher Education

The former president of Harvard University describes the new ideas that will transform college education in America. 

Can Technology Make Democracy Better?

One of the sessions I moderated at the Aspen Ideas Festival (I know, I know) featured Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, who told me all…

The Future of X: Julie Taymor on Film vs. Theater Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Julie Taymor on Film vs. Theater

The award-winning director discusses her upcoming projects and how she approaches storytelling across media, from Broadway musicals to Shakespeare. 

Happy Independence Day! (But Are We 2 Days Late?) National Archives

Happy Independence Day! (But Are We 2 Days Late?)

The argument for celebrating "July 4th" on July 2nd

The Future of X: Charlie Rose on the Conversation Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Charlie Rose on the Conversation

From the Aspen Ideas Festival, the PBS host describes his vision for the role of television in the years to come. 

Everywhere and Beautiful: What's Shaping the Next Internet? Eric Kuhn

Everywhere and Beautiful: What's Shaping the Next Internet?

Eric Feng, Dave Morin, Marissa Mayer, Jerry Murdock, Tim O'Reilly explore the question at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Aspen Snapshot: 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Leads Morning Yoga Ricky Savi/Aspen Institute

Aspen Snapshot: 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Leads Morning Yoga

Festival-goers stretch and lunge under the watchful eye of celebrity fitness expert Bob Harper.

Do Kids Need to Hate Their Parents Sometimes? olly/Shutterstock

Do Kids Need to Hate Their Parents Sometimes?

Yes, says a panel of parenting experts. Children need nurturing, but they also need "something to bump up against."

Has the Tea Party Run Out of Steam? Reuters

Has the Tea Party Run Out of Steam?

E.J. Dionne talks to Molly Ball about the group's ongoing influence and its true motivations.

How Katrina Created an Opportunity for School Reform in New Orleans

How Katrina Created an Opportunity for School Reform in New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu describes the charter school movement that transformed education in the city - seemingly for the better.

A Retired Brigadier General on How Drones Misidentify Targets Aspen Ideas Festival

A Retired Brigadier General on How Drones Misidentify Targets

He warns that their operators lack important context, and gives a chilling example from the field.