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A 17th-Century Russian Community Living in 21st-Century Alaska - The Atlantic
This clan has traveled from Russia through China, Brazil, and Oregon to make a home in the remote north, struggling to avoid modernization.
alaska  oldbelievers  theatlantic  Nikolaevsk  religion 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Are Index Funds Bad for the Economy? - The Atlantic
A growing chorus of experts argue that they’re strangling the economy—and must be stopped.
research  economics  finance  indexfunds  theatlantic  economy  investing 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
technology  children  culture  millennials  smartphones  kids  theatlantic  mentalhealth 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Yayoi Kusama’s Art for the Instagram Age - The Atlantic
Is Yayoi Kusama’s new participatory-art exhibit about seeking profound experiences—or posting selfies?
yayoikusama  art  instagram  socialmedia  selfies  theatlantic 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic
How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise
business  behavior  neurology  neuroscience  sociology  theatlantic  leadership 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Conservative Case for Unions - The Atlantic
How a new kind of labor organization could address the grievances underlying populist anger
jonathanrauch  unions  labor  workingclass  theatlantic  jobs  economy 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How America Went Haywire - The Atlantic
The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
kurtanderson  politics  culture  theatlantic 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Skydiving From the Edge of Space - The Atlantic
How Alan Eustace, a Google engineer on the edge of retirement, broke the world record for high-altitude jumping
alaneustace  theatlantic  skydiving  worldrecords  lauraparker 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Richard Spencer Became an Icon for White Supremacists - The Atlantic
Richard Spencer is a troll and an icon for white supremacists. He was also my high-school classmate.
politics  altright  neonazism  whitesupremacy  graemewood  richardspencer  theatlantic 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Story of Slavery in Modern America - The Atlantic
She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.
theatlantic  history  slavery  alextizon  humantrafficking  philippines 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Living With a Computer - The Atlantic
Advice from 1982 on how and why one should buy a computer. “I can hardly bring myself to mention the true disadvantage of computers,” Fallows writes, “which is that I have become hopelessly addicted to them.”
theatlantic  1982  computers  personalcomputers  earlycomputers  1980s  jamesfallows 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Wrong Man - The Atlantic
In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one. The wrong one. This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade—and nearly destroyed an innocent man. Here, for the first time, the falsely accused, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, speaks out about his ordeal.
terrorism  thewaronterror  9/11  antharax  wronglyaccused  antiterror  theatlantic 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The TWA Terminal at JFK Airport Is Being Turned Into a Hotel - The Atlantic
The TWA terminal at JFK airport was an icon of mid-century cool. Now it’s being reincarnated as a hotel.
design  architecture  jfkairport  twaterminal  midcentury  theatlantic 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure - The Atlantic
Two law professors tried to mimic big activist hedge funds, investing their retirement savings in a small, languishing public company and trying to shake it up. Here’s what happened.
business  economics  finance  corporations  theatlantic 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What the Octopus Knows - The Atlantic
A scuba-diving philosopher explores invertebrate intelligence and consciousness.
theatlantic  science  octopus  intelligence  philosophy 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Time Travel Therapy - The Atlantic
Can Building a Fake 1950s Downtown Help Dementia Patients?
dementia  alzheimers  theatlantic  science  therapy 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
My President Was Black - The Atlantic
A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next
tanehisicoates  theatlantic  history  politics  obama  barackobama  michelleobama  the  obamas  race  racism 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Pleistocene Park - The Atlantic
In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.
environment  russia  climate  science  theatlantic  pleistocenepark  climatechange 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? - The Atlantic
Tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. Here’s why not much has changed—and what might actually work.
business  technology  theatlantic  siliconvalley  gender  feminism  tech  techcompanies  work 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
James Fallows Journeys Across America
Most people in the U.S. believe their country is going to hell. But they’re wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal.
jamesfallows  theatlantic  culture  politics  economy 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Elitist Allure of Joan Didion
A big biography looks at the author’s legacy of cool.
theatlantic  joandidion  writers  writing  culture 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Best Sentence in Atlantic History?
After the Battle of Antietam, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote a gripping story about his search for his wounded son. But one of the most memorable lines had nothing to do with the Civil War.
theatlantic  writing  oliverwendellholmes  civilwar 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Ansel Adams’s Images of Japanese Internment Camp Manzanar
The photographer was not supposed to capture the barbed wire surrounding the Manzanar War Relocation Center, but he found a way to show the truth.
theatlantic  anseladams  photography  worldwarII  internmentcamps  japanese  history  photojournalism 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How Friendships Change Over Time
In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first.
theatlantic  friendship  sociology  atlantic 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How NPR Tote Bags Became a Thing
Functional and affordable, the canvas bag has become a cultural touchstone. But news merchandise today, like the industry itself, is increasingly specialized.
npr  theatlantic  totebag  culture 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Myth of Police Reform
The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.
tanehisicoates  theatlantic  law  lawenforcement  police  policebrutality  crime  criminaljustice 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Gangsters of Ferguson
Darren Wilson was innocent. If only the city's cops offered their own citizens the same due process he received.
ferguson  racism  race  police  theatlantic  policebrutality  law  tane 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
King David
David Carr believed that, through the constant and forceful application of principle, a young knucklehead could bring the heavens to their knees.
davidcarr  tanehisicoates  journalism  theatlantic 
february 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Acting French
It’s hard to learn a new language. But it’s way harder to learn a new culture.
tanehisicoates  theatlantic  language  culture  french 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Take Two: Hillary's Choice
How Hillary Clinton turned herself into the consummate Washington player.
hillaryclinton  politics  theatlantic  joshuagreen 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Masters of Love
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
theatlantic  relationships  love  marriage  science 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Case for Reparations
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
racism  housing  law  policy  reparations  theatlantic  tanehisicoates  race 
may 2014 by brendanmcfadden
A Rebel's Recollections
A Confederate soldier’s point of view on the Civil War.
theatlantic  civilawar  history 
december 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Jerry Brown's Political Reboot
In his reprise as governor, he's been as ruthlessly practical as he's been reflective, embracing his inner politician to restore the California dream.
politics  jerrybrown  jamesfallows  california  theatlantic 
may 2013 by brendanmcfadden
What It Will Take for Barack Obama to Become the Next FDR
Ever since Barack Obama's election in 2008, people have debated whether he might be for the Democratic Party what Ronald Reagan was for the Republicans -- a transformational president in the mold of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who changes the basic assumptions of national politics for a generation or more. In this essay, I draw on Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek's work on presidential leadership to answer this question and explain the challenges facing Obama if he wins a second term. (In a previous essay, I evaluated the prospects for a Mitt Romney presidency, which, I concluded would range from difficult to bleak). If Obama wins a second term, he still has a chance to be a transformative leader. But the odds are that he will be more like Bill Clinton--a Democratic president swimming against the tide of conservative politics ushered in by Reagan.
theatlantic  politics  presidency  barackobama 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Walking
Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist, philosopher, and author of such classics as Walden and "Civil Disobedience," contributed a number of writings to The Atlantic in its early years. The month after his death from tuberculosis, in May 1862, the magazine published "Walking," one of his most famous essays, which extolled the virtues of immersing oneself in nature and lamented the inevitable encroachment of private ownership upon the wilderness.
nature  walking  theatlantic  thoreau 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
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