In November 2014, Sarah Laskow described the decades-long development of the modern bar code.
The year you were born, Midge Decter wrote about what went wrong for a generation that was supposed to be the brightest and most gifted in American history.
In November 2009, James Fallows wrote about presidents' influence in Chinese diplomatic relationships.
Heathers was released in 1988.
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“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.
In January 2016, Alana Semuels wrote about labor unrest in Juarez, Mexico, in the midst of ongoing debates about U.S. trade policy.
In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.
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In September 2016, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about "Brangelina" and public fascination with the celebrity couple.
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People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
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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