The threat of North Korea, the Democrats’ immigration mistake, and attempting to treat mental illness through smartphones. Plus: surrealist TV, Evan McMullin’s renegade status in the GOP, and more.

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July/August 2017

July/August 2017

The threat of North Korea, the Democrats’ immigration mistake, and attempting to treat mental illness through smartphones. Plus: surrealist TV, Evan McMullin’s renegade status in the GOP, and more.

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How to Deal With North Korea

There are no good options. But some are worse than others.

Mark Bowden

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Features

What’s Wrong With the Democrats?

If the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class.

Franklin Foer

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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration

In the past decade, liberals have avoided inconvenient truths about the issue.

Peter Beinart

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The Smartphone Psychiatrist

Frustrated by the failures in his field, Tom Insel, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is now trying to reduce the world’s anguish through the devices in people’s pockets.

David Dobbs

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Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places

“Compost bin. Pig trough. Dog-food bowl. Laptop keyboard.”

Maryn McKenna

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An Artist for the Instagram Age

Is Yayoi Kusama’s new participatory-art exhibit about seeking profound experiences—or posting selfies?

Sarah Boxer

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Dispatches

The Conservative Case for Unions

Jonathan Rauch

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Evan McMullin’s War

McKay Coppins

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Power Causes Brain Damage

Jerry Useem

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How Vanity Could Save the Planet

Matthew Hutson

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Beyond the Five Senses

Matthew Hutson

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Black Gotham

Jessica Leigh Hester

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Inhumane Society

Hilda Kean

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The Culture File

What Inspired the Summer of Love?

James Parker

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Arundhati Roy’s Fascinating Mess

Parul Sehgal

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The Architect of the Radical Right

Sam Tanenhaus

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The Dizzying, Surreal Journey of ‘The Leftovers’

Spencer Kornhaber

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Departments

The Conversation: The Politics of Late-Night Comedy

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What Is the Most Underappreciated Medical Invention in History?

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