cocky, and built for stardom, Marlen Esparza is the 22-year-old face of
the nascent women's-boxing scene. Just last week, she became the first
American female boxer to qualify for the London Olympics in July, when
the sport will make its Olympic debut. This recognition is long
overdue: women weren't allowed to fight in amateur competitions in this
country until 1993. Irina Aleksander profiles this rising star--Esparza has signed with Nike, Coca-Cola, and CoverGirl--as she prepares to make Olympic history.
happens when you take two politicians who agree on just about
everything and make them face off in one of the most expensive
congressional races of 2012? Thanks to decennial redistricting in
California's San Fernando Valley, that's the question facing Democrats
Howard Berman and Brad Sherman (yes, their last names even rhyme). Molly Ball talks to the longtime political allies turned opponents about the upcoming election.
The Fraud Detectives
years after the housing-market crash, most financial institutions still
aren't equipped to find evidence of fraud in the toxic loans crippling
their balance sheets. So they outsource the job to companies like
Digital Risk, whose employees are trained in the art of fraud
prevention and detection. The company tells Beth Raymer it's saving clients billions of dollars every month.
Dumb Kids' Class
Though not explicitly stated, Mark Bowden
always knew there were two tiers at his Catholic school: the smart
kids' class and the dumb kids' class. Relegated to the latter in those
formative adolescent years, Bowden now sees the benefits of being
Leave It to Beavers
centuries after beavers were nearly eradicated in this country, a
growing community of "beaver believers" is reintroducing the animal
throughout the American West. David Ferry asks: Can these conservation efforts help us battle climate change?
Cognac's Identity Crisis
two cartoonish stereotypes--beloved by rappers and snooty codgers
alike--cognac is not getting much love in the craft-cocktail revival.
But as Wayne Curtis finds, it's a subtle, sophisticated liquor--one that deserves another chance.
The End of Fate
discovery" apps are the latest new new thing. They allow our mobile
devices to alert us to the presence of people we know, and to introduce
us to people we don't know--people the apps think we might like to meet.
Andrew Keen wonders: When we try to engineer chance encounters, does it spoil true serendipity?
How We Got the Crash Wrong
of the most seductive narratives about the financial crisis is that it
was caused by dizzying amounts of leverage on the balance sheets of
Wall Street firms. Too bad that explanation is wrong. William D. Cohan tracks the leverage myth from its inception and instead finds that incentives were, and still are, the real problem.
Glenn Beck in Exile
leaving Fox News last spring, Glenn Beck's gone from an average of 2.2
million viewers a day for his eponymous show to a hard core of 230,000
subscribers on his new Web TV network, GBTV. But, as James Parker finds, there's no need to worry about Beck--he's building a 24/7 media empire.
Plus, Parker narrates scenes from GBTV, from earnest diatribes to fun chemistry experiments.
classes. SAT prep. Ivy League applications. What lengths will a group
of students go to meet the impossibly high expectations of high
school? Molly Patterson plots their course in this painful coming-of-age short story.
These articles and more are featured in the June issue of The Atlantic, available today, May 24, 2012, on TheAtlantic.com and newsstands.