Subscribe to Radio Atlantic: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play

Coming July 21: A weekly conversation about what's happening in our world, how things got the way they are, and where they're heading next. Don't miss this sneak preview, for a taste of what's to come, including a teaser of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, recorded for The Atlantic by legendary jazz musician Jon Batiste.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.