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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Bad neighbor policy: Did the United States’ influence over El Salvador countermand a solution to gang violence?
Time and tide: among the residents of abandoned boats just outside Sausalito
Pierre Jarawan explores the evolution of identity and home in his debut novel
Family history: the phenomenon of widespread, wrongful international adoption in Guatemala, and its long shadow
What gets lost in the age of the algorithm
Reconsidering the work of the notoriously elusive Cy Twombly
How to get there from here: two authors discuss their recent work and breaking out of the limits on the public discourse around race
No easy way out: the overpopulation of sea lions in Oregon demonstrates the need for humanity to live sustainably
An ongoing racial and economic crisis in a republic that reflects our own
In sickness, only: on mercy killings, and the crisis in our health care system
The story of one man’s search for his brother speaks to the pain of hundreds of thousands of missing migrants’ families
Rather than creating a more equal society, the internet has given rise to a new age of authoritarianism
Unknown knowns: the limits of racial discourse in a system almost exclusively controlled by white people
Two-brain solution: two nights of insightful conversation with the esteemed comedian and the internationally renowned psychiatrist
There’s no Command+S shortcut for ethically preserving the web
Not satisfied with toeing the line, US Customs and Border Protection agents are expanding their reach into the country’s interior
Is any victory great enough for the man we all love to hate?
Can’t live with ’em? Maybe we can live without ’em
On Lacy M. Johnson’s The Reckonings, Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad, and Kristen M. Ghoddsee’s Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism; plus: an interview with the author of The Mars Room
The author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal’s latest collection of essays offers a revealing tour of America
A reading of Jenn Alandy Trahan’s short story from the September issue “They Told Us Not to Say This,” and interview with the author Read More
In the wake of Janus, don’t mourn, organize!
The story of one asylum seeker’s shakedown by notario fraudsters points to untold thousands more
Any day could be doomsday—and why that’s bad
How mega-fires—and the blinkered perspectives demanding flawed management of them—are raising the stakes for everyone
Unfit for trial: a discussion of Alisa Roth’s book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness
In this inaugural episode of The Harper’s Podcast, Kevin Baker and Jeremiah Moss discuss the decline of New York City