The legacy of the first black U.S. president, what makes products popular, and a physician’s guide to sleep. Plus, despair and hope under a Trump presidency, Glenn Beck’s regrets, and more.

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January/February 2017

January/February 2017

The legacy of the first black U.S. president, what makes products popular, and a physician’s guide to sleep. Plus, despair and hope under a Trump presidency, Glenn Beck’s regrets, and more.

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My President Was Black

A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Features

The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything

What makes things cool?

Derek Thompson

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An Enemy of the Kremlin Dies in London

Who killed Alexander Perepilichny?

Jeffrey E. Stern

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How to Sleep

Should you drink more coffee? Should you take melatonin? Can you train yourself to need less sleep? A physician’s guide to sleep in a stressful age.

James Hamblin

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In Defense of Facts

A new history of the essay gets the genre all wrong, and in the process endorses a misleading idea of knowledge.

William Deresiewicz

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Dispatches

Despair and Hope in Trump’s America

James Fallows

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Awesomeness Is Everything

Matthew Hutson

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Glenn Beck’s Regrets

Peter Beinart

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Big in Japan: Tiny Food

Jessica Leigh Hester

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How Frackers Beat OPEC

Vauhini Vara

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Can an Ex-President Be Happy?

Barbara Bradley Hagerty

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Bulletproofing America

William Brennan

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Time-Travel Therapy

Amanda Kolson Hurley

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Aldous Huxley to George Orwell: My Dystopia Is Better Than Yours

Shaun Usher

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The Culture File

The Ninja Cure for Anxiety

James Parker

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What the Octopus Knows

Olivia Judson

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The Uncoupling

Ruth Franklin

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The Sugar Wars

Daniel Engber

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Departments

President Barack Obama and Ta-Nehisi Coates at the White House

Editor’s Note: Obama, Race, and America’s Future

Jeffrey Goldberg

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The Conversation

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Who Is the Worst Leader of All Time?

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