Question of the Day

Whither the Public Union?

In our "Question of the Day" feature for this year's Ideas Special Report, our readers tackle some of the emerging issues that are defining our time.

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How to Land Your Kid in Therapy

Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods. A therapist and mother reports.

The Triumph of New Age Medicine

Medicine has long decried acupuncture, homeopathy, and the like as dangerous nonsense that preys on the gullible. Again and again, carefully controlled studies have shown alternative medicine to work no better than a placebo. But now many doctors admit th

The Brain on Trial

Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order.

Green Uses for Disaster Housing: Katrina Cottages Find New Life Cedar Street College

Green Uses for Disaster Housing: Katrina Cottages Find New Life

Katrina Cottages are a step up from FEMA trailers—so much so that planners are putting them to creative, permanent use

Don't Put a (Twitter) Bird on It: Innovation Needs Cultural Change, Too Amazon

Don't Put a (Twitter) Bird on It: Innovation Needs Cultural Change, Too

People think that technology moves fast and culture moves slowly. But that's not always true.

Is Baseball's All-Star Game Obsolete? Reuters

Is Baseball's All-Star Game Obsolete?

Changes in the sport and society at large have made the "mid-summer classic" less and less relevant

Was Giving Jeter's 3,000th Hit Back A Dumb Move? REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Was Giving Jeter's 3,000th Hit Back A Dumb Move?

An economist would actually call the decision not to sell the ball a completely rational move

After South Sudan: The Case to Keep Dividing Africa Reuters

After South Sudan: The Case to Keep Dividing Africa

Sudan has been successfully split into two independent countries. Here's why more African nations should divide, secede, splinter, or otherwise scramble the old colonial borders.

Why Unemployment Matters AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Why Unemployment Matters

I wrote earlier about what the jobs numbers mean for the 2012 election (hint: they are not good for the current administration). But at some level,…

From 'The Giver' to 'Twilight,' Young Adult Fiction Helps Teens Grow Up Warner Bros

From 'The Giver' to 'Twilight,' Young Adult Fiction Helps Teens Grow Up

Several stories in the genre grapple with what it means for young people to take on adult responsibilities

How Obama Tries to Win Twitter and Influence People askobama.twitter.com

How Obama Tries to Win Twitter and Influence People

In the age of Twitter, everyone can have a voice. But can everyone be heard?

Factory Farms vs. Video Activists: Who Will Control What We See? CALM Action/flickr

Factory Farms vs. Video Activists: Who Will Control What We See?

Iowa's attempt to ban undercover videographers from documenting animal cruelty is merely the latest battle in an ongoing war

The Debt Ceiling Is a Noble Idea REUTERS/Chip East

The Debt Ceiling Is a Noble Idea

But the political process may turn out to be a national disgrace

Google+: In Praise of Starting Over Alexis Madrigal

Google+: In Praise of Starting Over

The network effect can sometimes reverse itself when people decide by change of life circumstance or growth or chance that their bonds enable a kind of bondage

The Recession's Surprise Survivor: The Arts Sharon Mollerus/Flickr

The Recession's Surprise Survivor: The Arts

New analysis from the National Endowment for the Arts suggests that creative occupations will experience high growth through 2018. But is this necessarily a good thing for artists?

Food Advocacy: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Involved Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Food Advocacy: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Involved

Our food policy expert highlights dozens of organizations and resources that can help you change the way America eats

Illegal Immgrants Might Be Undocumented, But They're Not Unskilled respres/flickr

Illegal Immgrants Might Be Undocumented, But They're Not Unskilled

You can't simply replace the existing labor force with unemployed Americans

If Washington Worked, Here's How We'd Fix the Budget white house/flickr

If Washington Worked, Here's How We'd Fix the Budget

Seven months after the fiscal commission's report, Washington is embroiled in a self-destructive fight over the debt ceiling. What if bipartisanship broke out in D.C.?

Why Casey Anthony Made Prime Time Reuters

Why Casey Anthony Made Prime Time

While Americans fixated on this trial, they ignored thousands of other murder cases

Aspen Ideas Festival
The Wealth (and Happiness) of Nations Dan Bayer

Video: The Wealth (and Happiness) of Nations

Two economists debate whether richer countries are truly more content

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All A-Twitter Dan Bayer

Photo: Biz Stone and Evan Williams, the cofounders of Twitter, prepare for a panel on what's next for the Internet

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Aspen Ideas Festival

Does the Supreme Court Follow the People?

Should justices move with popular opinion? One law professor says yes.

Cheap Chic at Aspen

Not a big idea but a small one: cheap time pieces

An Airline-Style Loyalty Program for Public Transit

Stanford's Balaji Prabhakar is one of those computer scientists who has become fascinated by the networks of the physical world


The Biggest Story in Photos

After Pakistan Attack, 'the Smallest Coffins Are the Heaviest'

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