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American Values Survey, 2013 Jason Reed/Reuters

American Values Survey, 2013

The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute polled 2,000 people on the degree to which the nation is united or divided.

One Nation, Divisible Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

One Nation, Divisible

Our annual American Values Survey finds that the country is badly polarized -- and the blame falls squarely on our political leaders.

His Big Idea: Yo-Yo Ma The Aspen Institute

His Big Idea: Yo-Yo Ma

A world-famous cellist lobbies to change the way we think about STEM.

Lawrence O'Donnell on How to Be Successful on Cable News in Prime Time MSNBC.com

Lawrence O'Donnell on How to Be Successful on Cable News in Prime Time

The MSNBC host says that his business is the broadcast analogue to the New York Times op-ed page.

A Sneak Peek at the American TV News Network Al Jazeera Is Building Al Jazeera

A Sneak Peek at the American TV News Network Al Jazeera Is Building

An idealistic plan for the future of tv journalism -- and a skeptic who swears it will never work.

That One Time Karl Rove Imitated Bill Clinton Reuters

That One Time Karl Rove Imitated Bill Clinton

Everyone wants to take a turn as the former president. Even Bush's former brain.

Stay Away From 'Digital Pixie Dust' Larry Downing/Reuters

Stay Away From 'Digital Pixie Dust'

And other lessons from entrepreneur gurus Steve and Jean Case

India and Pakistan's Relationship, According to Space NOAA

India and Pakistan's Relationship, According to Space

The divide between the two countries, as seen from low-Earth orbit

This Octopus's Camouflage Is Almost Unbelievable YouTube

This Octopus's Camouflage Is Almost Unbelievable

Witness nature's closest thing to an invisibility cloak

Her Big Idea: Malala Yousafzai The Aspen Institute

Her Big Idea: Malala Yousafzai

According to this young activist, educating one girl can change everything.

The Most Dangerous Threat to the World Is ... Collective Psychosis in Pakistan? Reuters

The Most Dangerous Threat to the World Is ... Collective Psychosis in Pakistan?

Yikes. Islamabad's former ambassador to the United States puts a provocative frame around a nuanced analysis of his home country.

How We Name the Things We Find on Mars NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

How We Name the Things We Find on Mars

Hint: it can involve ... theme weeks.

Karl Rove: Here Are the 2 Tactical Fails That Cost Romney the Election Reuters

Karl Rove: Here Are the 2 Tactical Fails That Cost Romney the Election

The GOP strategist says he tried to signal to the Romney campaign that it should change course, but they didn't follow his lead.

Former Bush Speechwriter: The GOP Needs Shock Therapy on Immigration Reuters

Former Bush Speechwriter: The GOP Needs Shock Therapy on Immigration

Michael Gerson argues that "an element of the party has set out to positively alienate the Hispanic community."

Rand Paul Is a Savvier Politician Than Karl Rove Would Prefer Reuters

Rand Paul Is a Savvier Politician Than Karl Rove Would Prefer

The Kentucky Senator was the surprising focus of an Aspen Ideas Festival panel on the future of the Republican Party.

A Quick Catalog of Thought-Leader Hand Gestures

A Quick Catalog of Thought-Leader Hand Gestures

You know you want to be caught in Katie Couric's gaze.

The Curious Relevance of the Gilded Age The Atlantic

The Curious Relevance of the Gilded Age

Let's capture the best of Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Alexander Graham Bell and more.

When We're Looking for Life on Other Planets, What Exactly Are We Looking For? CSIRO

When We're Looking for Life on Other Planets, What Exactly Are We Looking For?

Answering some of the biggest questions about our universe requires us to be a little bit self-centered.

Unsexy Ways to Cut Defense Spending Aaron Escobar/Flickr

Unsexy Ways to Cut Defense Spending

Now is not the time to retrench, says Michèle Flournoy.

Arianna Huffington Implores You: Stop Taking Bright Devices Into the Bedroom

Arianna Huffington Implores You: Stop Taking Bright Devices Into the Bedroom

She's talking about tablets, smart phones, iPods -- anything that is backlit. The light can significantly diminish your ability to sleep.