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Timeless stories from our 173-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The life of an Iranian exile
The business of books and the merger that wasn’t
The surgeon who signed his work
Can a brain implant treat drug addiction?
How DNA is transforming the fight against illegal logging
Gullibility in the golden age of scams
Can technology shape our dreams?
How coaches get in athletes’ heads
Xi Jinping remakes Chinese nationalism
The coming battle over space
The elegant science of turning cadavers into compost
Selling the story of disinformation
What the pandemic has done to the arts
Caliphate and the perils of reporting online
The psychological risks of meditation
For years, Michael Ransford had known he would need surgery for his umbilical hernia. “People said if it ruptured, it could kill me,” the sixty-year-old farmer told me. The pain…
Among the contemplatives
Wall Street’s answer to the student-debt crisis
The reprise and demise of the XFL
How Google, Amazon, and Facebook control our lives
Can a new diagnosis help heal our souls?
Collective ownership gives power back to poor farmers
Can the affordable-housing movement redeem its past failures?
The emerging resistance to Chinese Empire
Why the left should arm itself
Will the movement outlive the man?
The dark world of online murder markets
Is there a masculine cure for toxic masculinity?
Big Philanthropy’s bid to privatize education
Sexual abuse in the world of Orthodox Judaism
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