In November 2010, Alyssa Rosenberg wrote about why it was so difficult for readers who grew up reading the series to say goodbye to Harry Potter.
The year you were born, Edward G. Shirley wrote about how internal politics and a corrosive culture compromised the effectiveness of the CIA—and why reform might be impossible.
On March 19, 2012, Conor Friedersdorf wrote about the various foreign military actions of the United States in the 1990s.
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The conflicts and displacements touched off around the world by the attacks have been reverberating for the majority of your life. “This ‘war’ [on terrorism] will never be over,” wrote James Fallows, a few years after the towers fell.
In November 2016, Bianca Bosker described how a former Google product philosopher was working to redefine the relationship between consumers and technologies like the iPhone.
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When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, he ignited a tinderbox of protests that continue to roil the Middle East, and kindled the beginnings of democracy in Tunisia.
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A.N.T. Farm premiered in 2012.
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In October 2016, Robinson Meyer wrote about the end of the social media app Vine.
In May 1999, Francis Davis wrote about how Bob Dylan changed popular music.
In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.
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