The feature stories, dispatches, columns, and original fiction in The Atlantic's annual Ideas issue include:
"Why Women Still Can't Have It All"
It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says Anne-Marie Slaughter: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. Slaughter, who was the first female director of policy planning at the State Department, serving from 2009 to 2011, left her foreign-policy dream job after she realized that juggling high-level government work with the needs of her two teenage sons was not possible. She returned to academic life at Princeton University and now, speaking out for the first time, she says that if we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, we must make fundamental changes in the workplace, our families, and society. Here's her plan for how to do that.
Digital exclusive: Slaughter discusses her cover story with The Atlantic's Hanna Rosin in a video interview. Plus, join the online conversation about the piece using #HavingItAll on Twitter.
The 2012 Ideas List
The Atlantic presents its annual compendium of prescriptions, provocations, and modest proposals for making the world a better place. Check out 23 ½ big ideas--from banning gasoline and hiring introverts to abolishing the secret ballot and befriending Islamists.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan: he's attended more than 100 of his concerts and knows every word to every song. Yet despite heroic efforts by the governor, Springsteen, who's a New Jersey resident, will not talk to him. Jeffrey Goldberg accompanied Christie to his 129th concert and talked at length about politics, rock and roll, and this unrequited love.
Digital exclusive: Christie shares his favorite songs by the Boss.