October 2000 | Volume 286 No. 4

The Opening of the Evangelical Mind

Intellectual creativity is flourishing in a precinct where many Americans would little expect it -- among evangelical Christians, who make up one of the largest and most politically significant groups in American society.

by Alan Wolfe

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Health Care: A Bolt of Civic Hope

"Can't be done": that's the conventional wisdom on whether a partisan Congress can find a way to provide medical coverage for Americans who don't have it. Two of the chief congressional partisans on this issue recently sat down with our correspondent -- and sought the makings of a deal.

by Matthew Miller

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The Hunt for the Origin of AIDS

Where did AIDS come from and why did it erupt when it did? In university laboratories and the jungles of Africa researchers are trying to track the answers -- and following widely divergent trails.

by Jon Cohen


Notes & Comment:
Better Living Through the Placebo Effect

Self-delusion as a form of wellness.
by Marshall Jon Fisher

Saving Salmon, or Seattle?

People in the Northwest may disagree vehemently over how to protect the salmon -- but they all want it for dinner.
by James Fallows

Law Enforcement:
Shoot to Kill

How Columbine has changed police tactics.
by Timothy Harper

The Law:
Rescuing Search and Seizure

The right way to read the Fourth Amendment.
by Stephen Budiansky

Fiction & Poetry

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A poem
by Maxine Kumin

A short story
by Lysley A. Tenorio

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A poem
by Susan Donnelly

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Arts & Leisure

Undiscovered Bilbao

Visitors may go for the new Guggenheim, but they should stay for the city and its environs.
by Marisa Bartolucci

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Peter Davison recounts his recent pilgrimage to view Frank Gehry's masterpiece.

A Better Egg

The secret to the best eggs isn't freshness.
by Corby Kummer

Physical Culture

An American enters the boxing ring in Beijing.
by Jason Overdorf


Wooed by Freedom?
Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying, edited by Amy A. and Leon R. Kass
by Peter Berkowitz

The Dickens of Berlin
Theodor Fontane: Literature and History in the Bismarck Reich, by Gordon A. Craig
by Dennis Drabelle

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The Puzzler
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Word Improvisation
by J. E. Lighter

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