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Mentions — July 16, 2014, 7:00 pm

“The End of Retirement” on MSNBC

Watch Jessica Bruder on MSNBC’s The Cycle

Jessica Bruder on MSNBC

Official Business — June 25, 2014, 8:00 am

Garry Winogrand at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A retrospective exhibition from June 27 to September 21 in New York City

Albuquerque, New Mexico (1957), gelatin silver print by Garry Winogrand Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Heart of Empire, Mentions — June 20, 2014, 11:41 am

Andrew Cockburn on Democracy Now

Andrew Cockburn discusses the origins and possible fate of Nouri al-Maliki’s prime ministership

“YES OR NO—SPEAK!—IS THERE ANOTHER LIFE?” (Harper's Magazine, “Commodus” (Jan 1889)

Official Business — May 23, 2014, 2:57 pm

The Harper’s Magazine Android App Is Here

Introducing the Harper’s Android app

Harper's Magazine for Android

Mentions — May 21, 2014, 6:15 pm

Scott Horton Talks About the Guantánamo “Suicides” on Democracy Now

Scott Horton discusses a document omitted from a report on three deaths at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in 2006

Illustration by Terry Stevenson, Harper's Magazine (Dec. 1974) (detail)

Special Feature — May 1, 2014, 11:37 am

Dottie’s Charms, by Jill Sobule

The new album from singer-songerwriter Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule, Dottie’s Charms

Harper's Finest — April 11, 2014, 5:13 pm

Dan Halpern’s “Citizen Walmart” (2012)

The retail giant’s unlikely romance with small farmers

Photograph by Thomas Allen

Memento Mori — March 11, 2014, 1:51 pm

Matthew Power (1974–2014)

Remembering a contributor and friend

Matthew Power © Misty Keasler

Harper's Finest — January 20, 2014, 8:00 am

Richard Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” (1964)

“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”

Harper's Magazine cover detail, November 1964

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Yearly Review

Yearly Review

Précis — December 16, 2013, 5:12 pm

Did a Top Taliban Leader Fake His Own Death?

Harper’s Magazine Reporter Concludes that Taliban Intelligence Chief Qari Ahmadullah Is Still Alive

Illustration (detail) by Danijel Žeželj

Harper's Finest — December 8, 2013, 11:48 am

Breyten Breytenbach’s “Mandela’s Smile” (2008)

Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution

African National Congress supporter with election placard © AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Weekly Review — November 26, 2013, 8:00 am

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The countries and companies responsible for climate change, nuclear options in Congress and Iran, and the extinction of Darwin’s frog

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Official Business — October 23, 2013, 3:00 pm

Steve Mumford and Lawrence Douglas at Postmasters Gallery in New York City

Join us Saturday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m.

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Illustration by Raymond Verdaguer

Special Feature — October 3, 2013, 1:38 pm

Can the European Union Hold?

Can the European Union survive — and should it? 

Can the European Union Hold?

Harper's Finest — October 2, 2013, 5:14 pm

Wendell Berry’s “Faustian Economics” (2008)

Hell hath no limits

Pumping Well Near Oil City (1865)

Mentions — September 6, 2013, 5:03 pm

Mary McCarthy in Salinger

“J. D. Salinger’s Closed Circuit” makes an appearance in a new documentary

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