It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.
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The mystery behind Jesus’s (probably fake) wife, white nationalism in the GOP, the timepieces of the rich and famous (and powerful), a potential diagnosis on American politics, Liberia after Ebola, and much more
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A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.
Embracing white nativism in the 1990s turned the California GOP into a permanent minority. The same story may now be repeating itself nationally.
A physiological theory of mental illness
The disease has left a terrible legacy—and another outbreak is likely.
They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.
American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.
For those who’ve benefited from the country’s political revolution, flaunting wealth with pricey timepieces is getting more complicated.
The former first daughter has maintained a wide buffer of privacy while enjoying the influence and access her fame confers. Having it both ways will get trickier if her mother wins in November.
Alcohol makes people impulsive, vain, and uncharitable—and it just might help them maintain committed relationships.
A city that’s long struggled to stay dry embraces its inner swamp.
The Chicago Cubs’ customers show up win or lose—which may explain why, until now, the team has mostly done the latter.
Get ready for home appliances that track your movements and know what you want before you do.
A short book excerpt
The Culture File
Between 1968 and ’75, he plugged into the musical zeitgeist and opened his music to distortion and groove-based repetition, either transcending or repudiating his roots in acoustic jazz.
Twenty-three years after Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer comes to the drug’s defense.
In Jesse Ball’s sixth novel—part thriller, part coming-of-age story—a teenager seeks escape through fire.
Has athleticism eclipsed aesthetic spirit? Dvora Meyers’s book traces the evolution of the sport.
The former journalist Kate Summerscale tells the true story of a child who murdered his mother in Victorian London.
Readers respond to our May 2016 cover story.
A big question