The Health Report: One doctor’s penance for overprescribing opioids, and the trouble with dentistry. Plus George Packer on the American century’s end, Kamala Harris takes her shot, Walt Whitman and democracy, Trump’s second term, the poetry of sportswriters, yet another George Bush, and more.

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May 2019

May 2019

The Health Report: One doctor’s penance for overprescribing opioids, and the trouble with dentistry. Plus George Packer on the American century’s end, Kamala Harris takes her shot, Walt Whitman and democracy, Trump’s second term, the poetry of sportswriters, yet another George Bush, and more.

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The End of the American Century

What the life of Richard Holbrooke tells us about the decay of Pax Americana

George Packer

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Kamala Harris Takes Her Shot

No other matchup would be as riveting—or as revealing—as Harris versus Trump. But first she has to get through the primaries.

Elizabeth Weil

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Physicians Get Addicted Too

Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start.

Sam Quinones

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The Truth About Dentistry

It’s much less scientific—and more prone to gratuitous procedures—than you may think.

Ferris Jabr

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Walt Whitman’s Guide to a Thriving Democracy

America had a mind shaped by its Founders, but the country needed the poet to discover its spirit.

Mark Edmundson

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Dispatches

Trump’s Second Term

Paul Starr

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Watch Your Wallet

Rene Chun

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Why Grown-Ups Keep Talking Like Little Kids

John McWhorter

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The Next George Bush Bet Everything on Trump

Elaina Plott

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Human Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It

Rebecca Giggs

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Stock Picks From Space

Frank Partnoy

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Discovering the Placebo

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The Culture File

The Lost Art of Deadline Writing

James Parker

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The Problem With High-Minded Politics

Sean Wilentz

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The Death of the Pioneer Myth

Jordan Kisner

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Art After Sexual Assault

Merve Emre

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A Gilded Cage

Ann Hulbert

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Departments

The Conversation: The Case for Impeachment

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What Is the Greatest Act of Courage?

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Poetry

Waking

Stanley Plumly

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