The past year has been bad—but what made it bad, more or less? To find out, we asked a group of writers and thinkers: What were the most important events of 2016, and what were the least?
The Obamas are the rare First Family to leave the White House stronger than when they arrived—never victims, even when hatefully victimized. Is it too late for the rest of us to learn how?
A father writes his son a note on election night. It gets passed around their family and friends—and soon the entire world. What viral impact looks like, post-Trump.
Finally, the Japanese Donald Trump commercial we’ve all been waiting for.
We asked writers and thinkers to tell us: What were the most important events of 2015—and what were the least?
UFO sightings are common in America. So is a lack of political transparency.
The quirky history behind the secret, full-scale invasion that the United States once planned for Canada, and vice versa.
Environmentalists are increasingly hugging people, not trees. Can solving climate change and achieving “climate justice” become the same thing?
Mandatory minimum sentences are the product of good intentions, but good intentions do not always make good policy. That sentence on mandatory minimum sentencing—that bugbear of criminal justice...
Why it’s the duty of every white American to burn a Confederate flag.
An alphabetical update to important stories that have fallen off the front page, from the existence of Atlantis to the Spice Girls’ decline.
Clemency is supposed to be a “fail-safe” in our judicial system. Thanks to a handful of powerful, well-paid political appointees, that notion is proving lethally incorrect.