Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, offers creative solutions to change an unrepresentative system.
Travon Free discusses institutionalized poverty and racism through his personal experiences.
David Brooks and Arthur Brooks offer advice on how to turn a job into a vocation.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton makes his case.
The former Speaker of the House, who’s reportedly being vetted as Donald Trump’s running mate, expounded on the presidential candidate’s strengths and flaws.
How to talk about terrorism today—and how to stop talking about it
The answer may have less to do with the Trump phenomenon, and more daunting implications, than it seems.
The queer-rights movement, Dan Savage argues, helped American culture do something it has traditionally been reluctant to do: talk honestly and openly about sex.
The psychotherapist Marty Klein argues that most anxiety about its pervasive influence is misplaced.
The trend helps explain Trump and Brexit. What’s next?
A journalist and an artist reflect on our relationship with Enlightenment ideals.
The growing diversity of today’s educational cohort prompts the question, “Whose talents do we as a nation need to cultivate?”
A inquiry into the skills required to address the coming century’s problems
Nina Totenberg’s thought-experiment about the future of the press
What percentage graduated from high school and enrolled within a year at a four year institution where they live on campus?
There needs to be more nuanced language to describe the expanding demographic of unmarried Americans.
The nation’s top law-enforcement official speaks out on her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, and how she’ll handle the investigation of Hillary Clinton.
As the art and entertainment industries begin to look increasingly unlike America, how can people in power better expand their pipeline for talent?
The relationship therapist Esther Perel thinks so—and argues that it’s time to rethink matrimony and, with it, infidelity.
An incarceration-reform advocate and former inmate makes the case for broader rehabilitation efforts.
University leaders and observers discuss the intersection of student protests, free speech and academic freedom.
A case soon to be decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court considers the proper role of mathematical prediction in the courtroom—and beyond.
In an era fixated with science, technology, and data, the humanities are in decline. They’re more vital than ever.
Former Senator Tom Daschle, former Congresswoman Jane Harman, and political scientist Lynn Vavreck articulate related concerns about U.S. politics.
The contrasting approaches of DeRay McKesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, and Marc Morial of the National Urban League.
The 2012 GOP nominee says that he may write in his wife’s name, or may vote for a third party candidate.
Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter laments the recent string of divided decisions and urges a return to efforts to reach consensus, or near consensus, about the Constitution.
Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners, regards whiteness as a myth and white supremacy as idolatry.
In the 20th century, America invested in policies that created widespread prosperity. Can the country do so again?
A psychology professor sketches a debate that captivates many in his field.
An expression of concern about the algorithms that shape what Americans read before they vote.
One professor is on a quest to bring flavor and variety back to the American diet.
Consumers don’t want to be locked into long-term deals, and that’s a real problem for arts institutions.
Defending the Obama Administration’s geopolitical record, the secretary of state laid out a vision of an America that is globalist, engaged, and deeply interventionist.
After Obama’s two terms in office, will his successor push America back toward a more robust engagement with the world?
There’s more to life than can be measured in monetary returns.
Ambitious young politicians now know that it is possible to win Republican primaries without staying true to movement conservative orthodoxy.
Their degrees may help them secure entry-level jobs, but to advance in their careers, they’ll need much more than technical skills.
The 2016 Olympics will be a test of how well Comcast and NBC can deliver live programming in the digital, on-demand era.
Assertiveness and outrage often do more harm than good, argues John Dickerson, who adds that “generosity and compassion require a pause in self-obsession.”
On the sublime scenery that might await us on exoplanets.
A call for open-minded debate about all the reasons that blurred lines exist.
A conversation with a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, a retired police chief, and the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
In many jurisdictions, prosecutors are elected officials, and municipal courts operate with relative transparency, yet voters are ignorant of deep injustices that go on every day.
America’s commitment to the rights of women, the former First Lady argues, obliges it to stay the course.
Small farms are eager to meet growing demand for local, sustainable, and organic food—if only the federal government would trim regulations and get behind their efforts.
And why managers are so bad at it
Could Freon in the atmosphere of a distant planet be the thing that finally confirms humankind is not alone?
The case for an outcomes-based approach to criminal-justice reform
A Yale law professor suggests that oft-ignored truth should inform debates about what statutes and regulations to codify.
A computer security expert grapples with how to better protect us from cyberattacks.
After a stinging defeat in the 2014 midterm elections, the president found a way to avoid being a lame duck.
The International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde asks leaders to proceed in “the most efficient, predictable way.”
The Obama Administration national security adviser on ISIS, Brexit, and the Rwanda genocide.
Which issues deserve to be discussed more widely, vigorously, or robustly?
Girls who start to develop at young ages—as more and more of them are—are at risk for a host of physical and psychological problems.
Thoughts from Caitlyn Jenner, Mona Eltahawy, and Bisi Alimi on stigma and pushing beyond the binary.
Why the transgender star equates femininity with makeup
Six former FDA commissioners regret inabilities to ensure safety and legitimacy of products.
Shedding pounds is usually a losing battle—research suggests it’s better to just focus on building a healthy lifestyle.
The film Gleason explores the heartbreaking toll of Lou Gehrig’s disease on a young athlete.
Allowing people to sell organs is a fraught issue, but maybe they could be reimbursed for the costs of donation.
How the virus is spread, its disproportionate danger for pregnant women, and the delay in its worst effects combine to make this outbreak particularly tough.
Across centuries and generations, Americans have been unpleasantly surprised by the failure of our attempts to forget and transcend history.
People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.
Ocean conservationists want to bring the same approach to the ocean that the century-old National Park Service brought to the land.
As long as people are eating fruits and vegetables, it’s not that important whether they’re fresh, frozen, or canned.
How can doctors, drug companies, and governments prevent a future where people die of minor infections?
As the Ebola outbreak nears its end, the world prepares for future public-health threats.
The search for answers often leads to more questions. Notes from Spotlight Health.