Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.
In This Issue
The Health Report: America isn’t prepared for the next plague, the life-expectancy gap between black and white Americans, and when children say they’re trans. Plus William Langewiesche on a B-2 stealth raid, the formula for team chemistry, the dangers of distracted parenting, Jean-Michel Basquiat, weird DNA, and more.
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The tale of a bombing raid in the Libyan desert, pitting stealth bombers and 500-pound bombs against 70 ragtag fighters
Inside the wide-ranging search—led by economists and psychologists—for the elixir that turns good squads into great ones
The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.
In Baltimore and other segregated cities, the life-expectancy gap between African Americans and whites is as much as 20 years. One young woman’s struggle shows why.
Thirty years after his death, Jean-Michel Basquiat defies easy categories. Was he an artist, an art star, or just a celebrity?
When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.
The surprising virtues of talking behind people’s backs
Lina Khan has a novel theory about monopolies—and her sights are set squarely on the company.
The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.
The private-equity companies swooping in to buy floundering retailers may ultimately be hastening their demise.
In Japan, men are taking parenting classes to become more marriageable.
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The Culture File
The comedian-actor’s interview podcast, Under the Skin, is a fascinating listen that channels its host’s energy and interests in surprisingly productive ways
Linkin Park introduced new ways of expressing male angst into the mainstream—an evolution that continues today.
Two new books raise interesting questions about the ethics and effectiveness of the sport’s selection system, with its early and intense winnowing process for aspiring players.
Carl Zimmer’s sprawling new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, forces readers to reconsider what they think they know about genetics and heredity.
Dorthe Nors’s newest novel, about a 40-something woman in Copenhagen learning to drive for the first time, is more profound than its premise suggests.
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