Inside The Atlantic's April Issue

The columns, essays, and feature articles in The Atlantic's April 2013 issue include:

The Touch-Screen Generation

Young children--even toddlers--are spending more and more time with digital technology. Thousands of apps appealing to kids just out of diapers are now released every year. Should parents recoil or rejoice? Hanna Rosin examines the latest research and data--not to mention the behavior of her own three kids--to better understand what tablets and smartphones are doing to young children's brains.
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Digital exclusive: Rosin and her 4-year-old son, Gideon, talk about iPad games, while playing games on an iPad.
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A King in Crisis

As the Arab Spring swirls around him, can King Abdullah II, the most pro-American Arab leader in the Middle East, liberalize Jordan and modernize its economy, without losing his kingdom to Islamic fundamentalists? Jeffrey Goldberg sits down with the king for a series of exclusive interviews in which Abdullah offers a surprisingly blunt assessment of his family, friends, and foes.
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What's the Deal With Donald Trump?

TV seasons and presidential campaigns come and go, but Donald Trump remains, thrusting himself into the news and telling anyone who will listen about his fabulous success. Is Trump a buffoon? Is he a genius? An exploration of the man, his brand, and his ever-present bluster, by William D. Cohan.
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My Hyperinflation Vacation

Want to know Graeme Wood's secret to an ultracheap international holiday? Search for a news article with the words runaway inflation and, voilà, the place listed in the dateline should be your destination. To prove his point, Wood travels to the Iranian resort island of Kish, which illuminates the pressures, limits, and strange consequences of economic sanctions.
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Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity

The wealthiest Americans give 1.3 percent of their income to charity. The poorest give 3.2 percent. Ken Stern investigates one of the most surprising, and perhaps confounding, facts of charity in America.
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Where the Recession Hit Us Hardest

Nicole Allan

charts how different regions and industries in the U.S. have weathered the economic downturn--and the recovery.
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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls: In this month's Worldplay, Megan Garber explores the decline of America's least favorite pronoun, whom. (Read more)
  • Has Obama Turned a Generation of Voters Into Lifelong Democrats? According to political scientists, young Obama voters are unlikely to turn into conservatives as they grow old--and that's a big problem for an increasingly geriatric GOP. Molly Ball assesses the electorate's partisan loyalties. (Read more)
  • How the Secret Service Almost Shot Ahmadinejad: In our Very Short Book Excerpt, Marc Ambinder and D. B. Grady, authors of the forthcoming Deep State, reveal that in 2006, during the UN General Assembly, a U.S. Secret Service agent accidentally discharged his shotgun in the vicinity of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad--a potentially fatal mistake. The U.S. contingent was certain Ahmadinejad would reveal the blunder in an attempt to embarrass the Americans, but instead the president told no one. (Read more)
  • Casino Jack's New Game: After more than three years in prison, and an implausible makeover as a truth-telling good-government reformer, Mariah Blake finds that Jack Abramoff is still Jack Abramoff. (Read more)
  • By Design: We profile an Iron Man-like exoskeleton that could one day be used in combat. (Read more)
  • In our Tech Column, James Fallows talks with the space entrepreneur Eric Anderson about the next wave of space exploration. (Read more)
  • Miss Education: For years, women have made up the majority of college and graduate-school students and doctoral candidates. So Garance Franke-Ruta wonders: Why aren't there more female leaders? (Read more)

The Culture File

  • The Housewife-Industrial Complex: James Parker revels in what the Real Housewives franchise has become: a demented hybrid of gossip generator, infomercial, and, of course, guilty pleasure. (Read more)
  • Chapter and Verse: Edward Thomas is perhaps the finest poet of the First World War. But, as Benjamin Schwarz finds, he made his career as a prose master. (Read more)
  • Plus, reviews of What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved and The Burgess Boys. (Read more)
  • And in the Travel Column, Fallows reveals how he learned to stop worrying and love vacation. (Read more)

Finally, the Big Question on our back page: What was the worst marriage ever? Divorce lawyer Raoul Felder, The Good Wife's show runners Robert and Michelle King, attorney Gloria Allred, and others weigh in.
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These articles and more are featured in the April issue of The Atlantic, available today, March 21, 2013, on and mobile devices and on newsstands next week.

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