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How Important Is Gender Parity at the Top? Reuters

How Important Is Gender Parity at the Top?

Is it enough for men and women to have the same opportunities, and to be satisfied by the tradeoffs they make? Or are outcomes important too?

Why an English Teacher Introduced Her Class to the World

Why an English Teacher Introduced Her Class to the World

When high school students submit papers to the Web rather than their instructor does the larger audience inspire them to write more seriously?

The Radical Optimism of Eric Schmidt

The Radical Optimism of Eric Schmidt

For some of the world's most most vexing issues, Google executive chairman's response is, literally: "These problems will get themselves resolved."

Is It Okay for Athletes to Trick the Referee or Umpire? MLB.com

Is It Okay for Athletes to Trick the Referee or Umpire?

Or does good sportsmanship demand more than technical adherence to the rules?

Do We Learn More From Evil When It Happens in Sports?

Do We Learn More From Evil When It Happens in Sports?

ESPN executive John Walsh cites the Jerry Sandusky case as an argument in favor of that proposition.

Will the EU Survive? The View From Aspen

Will the EU Survive? The View From Aspen

A conversation about what lies ahead for Europe, with possible scenarios ranging from gloomy to gloomier

Are Democrats the New Upstairs-Downstairs Party?

Are Democrats the New Upstairs-Downstairs Party?

Changing demographics among supporters have reshaped the coalition.

4 Charts That Show Obama's Failure to Sell Health-Care Reform to the Public Reuters

4 Charts That Show Obama's Failure to Sell Health-Care Reform to the Public

A poll from The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute shows Americans are responsive to the ACA's reforms. So why don't they back the law?

From Manhattan to Shenzhen: Photos of the Grooviest Urban Projects Diller

From Manhattan to Shenzhen: Photos of the Grooviest Urban Projects

Across the world, city planners and architects are re-imagining how public spaces should look.

What Do the Arab Spring and the European Union Have in Common? Reuters

What Do the Arab Spring and the European Union Have in Common?

The origins of one and the survival of the other may end up depending on the same thing: the rise of a generation that imagines its society in a new way.

A Mexican Tycoon's Plea: End the War on Drugs RicardoSalinas.com

A Mexican Tycoon's Plea: End the War on Drugs

Pleading with thought leaders to rethink prohibition, he cited the tens of thousands who've died in his country in the aftermath of a crackdown on cartels.

Congress's Problems Go Beyond the Filibuster

Congress's Problems Go Beyond the Filibuster

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says it's a no-brainer: Just go back to the old rules about holding the floor and bringing all other business to a halt.

The Future of X: Matt Thompson on Journalism Atlantic Video

The Future of X: Matt Thompson on Journalism

From the Aspen Ideas Festival, NPR's Matt Thompson weighs in on the challenges and ideas that are shaping the future of media.

Aspen Snapshot: Photos From the First Day Daniel Bayer

Aspen Snapshot: Photos From the First Day

From White House officials to artists and sports stars, highlights from the Aspen campus. (All photos by Daniel Bayer)

How Facebook Can Make Money (in One Word) 8thBridge

How Facebook Can Make Money (in One Word)

The company may finally be rolling out a way for people to express desire.

A Bar Exam for Teachers? Steve Clemons

A Bar Exam for Teachers?

The president of the American Federation of Teachers suggests such a test will ease doubts about instruction quality.

Excessive Deference to Leaders Corrupts Them Reuters

Excessive Deference to Leaders Corrupts Them

Who wouldn't lose their humility if constantly surrounded by sycophants eager to invest them with unchecked power?

Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online Declan TM/Flickr

Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online

A Web-based education need not involve never leaving the house. Who'll be first to offer the best networking amenities?

How Wal-Mart Is Making the World More Feminist Wal-Mart

How Wal-Mart Is Making the World More Feminist

Its critics complain that the company imposes contested notions of progress on the communities where it operates. That can be a bad thing. Is it always?

Dallas Fed President Explains the Weak Recovery in One Chart Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

Dallas Fed President Explains the Weak Recovery in One Chart

If the U.S. was growing like Texas, we'd be golden.