The Atlantic is an American magazine, founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2006, the magazine is based in Washington, D.C. Created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, it has grown to achieve a national reputation as a high-quality review organ with a moderate worldview. The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and poets, as well as encouraged major careers. It has published leading writers' commentary on abolition, education, and other major issues in contemporary political affairs. The periodical has won more National Magazine Awards than any other monthly magazine.

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  • Hate Groups Are Growing Under Trump
    According to research by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups has been increasing rapidly since 2000. Heidi Beirich, director of the Center’s Intelligence Project, links the rise in recruitment to the 2000 census that predicted whites would be a minority by 2042. Beirich says there’s been another spike following the election of Donald Trump, particularly among alt-right organ...
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  • What Scientists Have Learned from Eclipses
    Humans have been obsessed with eclipses for centuries. But, what can they actually teach us about our place in the solar system? Total solar eclipses have helped bring about some of the most important astronomic discoveries. Nicolaus Copernicus’ eclipse observations helped him determine that the Earth revolved around the Sun; light spectrums of the sun’s atmosphere – only visible during a total so...
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  • The Problem With Confederate Monuments
    Towns across the American south are reckoning with whether or not to tear down Confederate statues in public spaces. For New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, taking down the monuments felt like a necessity, despite the tension it brought forth in his city. “I didn’t start the problems with race in this country, but I did force the people of New Orleans to confront them,” Landrieu reflected in in this...
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  • How Cable News Fails Viewers
    “Too much of our political coverage is meta-analysis... it's a look at how things are going to look,” argues Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter turned podcaster, at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. In this short interview, Lovett says that when television pundits dissect the performance of politicians, the news becomes a kind of “theater criticism.” Lovett, who hosts a show called Pod Save Americ...
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  • Adam Grant's Advice for Raising Resilient Kids
    Wharton School professor and author Adam Grant argues that kids are too often sheltered from struggle. In this short interview at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, Grant recommends that parents seek advice from their children so that they can practice responding to adversity.
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  • W. Kamau Bell Doesn't Want to Fit In
    Comedian W. Kamau Bell struggled with his identity growing up. As a self-described ‘nerd’, he favored martial arts over basketball and rock over hip-hop. This struggle carried over into adulthood and his early efforts at standup comedy. At one point, he even considered giving up comedy entirely. It was at this crossroads that Bell stumbled upon a Rolling Stone article, which became the catalyst fo...
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  • The Cultural Factors Driving America's Departure From Reality
    Kurt Andersen’s cover story “How America Lost Its Mind” argues that “being American means we can believe anything we want.” This is due to a combination of the new-age mentality born out of the 1960s that encouraged Americans to find their own truth and the internet age, which has allowed us to create communities that reinforce our beliefs. According to Andersen, the perfect manifestation of Ameri...
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  • Trump's 'Adhocracy' Could Leave the World in Disarray
    “This is going to be a much messier world that the next president is going to have to deal with,” says Council on Foreign Relations President, Richard Haass. President Trump has introduced a large degree of unpredictability in American foreign policy through an undisciplined decision-making process and little regard to international institutions. Interviewed at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, Haass...
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  • What Does "Late Capitalism" Really Mean?
    The cynical #latecapitalism meme going around social media calls out the inequities and absurdities of the modern economy. Google search interest in the phrase has more than doubled in the past year. In this episode of Unpresidented, Atlantic contributing editor Annie Lowrey explains where the phrase comes from, how it got so popular, and the deeper meaning of its current usage. Follow Annie: @An...
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  • What Drives Sally Yates
    Sally Yates knew she had found her calling during her first week of law school. She spent the next 27 years working at the Justice Department, rising from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Georgia to the number two position at the Department of Justice. Her career abruptly ended when President Trump fired Yates after she ordered the Department of Justice not to defend his travel ban. “I couldn't in go...
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  • Should the U.S. Get Rid of Political Parties?
    Mickey Edwards was a Republican congressman for 16 years, but now he argues for shaking up the system. "It's a dumb way to try and run a government," he says, reflecting on the current gridlock and polarization between Democrats and Republicans during this interview at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. For more, see Edwards’s 2011 Atlantic story, “How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans....
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  • The City of the Future Is Already Here
    In central Arizona there exists an experimental town called Arcosanti. It’s built on the principles of arcology, which combines architecture and ecology to envision a city that works in tandem with the Earth’s resources. In this short documentary, The Atlantic goes inside this distinctive urban space to understand how Arcosanti plans to reconstruct how humans envision cities.
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  • Is Trumpism the New Conservatism?
    In the first half of the 20th century, the GOP wasn’t considered “conservative.” It included liberal Republicans who supported social security, infrastructure spending, and civil rights. But in 1964, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater became the Republican candidate running on an unabashedly conservative platform and shocking the establishment. Goldwater’s conservative movement ended up dominating Re...
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  • Jon Batiste Reinterprets 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' for The Atlantic
    Julia Ward Howe first published her iconic poem in The Atlantic in 1862. The song quickly became an anthem of the Civil War and a touchstone of the American Idea. In that spirit, The Atlantic asked renowned jazz musician Jon Batiste to create a new arrangement of the song for the magazine’s first podcast, Radio Atlantic. Subscribe to the podcast here: https://www.theatlantic.com/radio/ Apple Pod...
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  • A Podcast 160 Years in the Making
    Each week, The Atlantic's top editors—Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief; Matt Thompson, executive editor; and Alex Wagner, contributing editor and CBS anchor—sit down with leading voices to explore what's happening in the world, how things became the way they are, and where they're going next. Subscribe to the podcast here: https://www.theatlantic.com/radio/ Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple....
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  • The Health-Care Cost of Homelessness
    In the past year, Los Angeles has dedicated billions of dollars towards housing the homeless. The effort is, in part, aimed at addressing the city’s exorbitant health-care spending on this population. Housing is now widely understood to be the best health intervention for the homeless population, who experience far more hospitalizations than those with homes. However, a critical step in this new e...
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  • Why Trump Wants to Make Banks Risky Again
    Trump campaigned on deregulating Wall Street, saying that regulations are “killing our country and our jobs.” He wants to repeal Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that tried to reign in the banks after the financial crisis. What exactly does Dodd-Frank do? And is the president right that it threatens the American economy?
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  • Roxane Gay on Acceptance
    In Roxane Gay’s new memoir Hunger, the writer details her relationship with her body over her life. In this short interview, Gay critiques socially constructed beauty norms and how weight has been left out of the new culture of acceptance.
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  • The Disabled Fight for Health Care
    Recently, 43 disabled protesters were arrested outside of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's office, and the clips went viral on social media. Since then, activists have kept up the pressure on the Republican health bill with similar actions across the country. For this short documentary, The Atlantic traveled to the heart of the disability rights movement in the San Francisco Bay Area to le...
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  • How Bad Is the Senate Health Care Bill?
    Many Republicans in the House were convinced to vote for the American Health Care Act on the premise that the Senate would "fix the bill.” But the Senate’s version “is not more compassionate.” Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and architect of the Affordable Care Act, discusses the issues he sees with the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act. “I actually d...
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  • The Super Users of America's Health Care System
    In a given year, just 5 percent of the U.S. population is responsible for 50 percent of the nation’s medical spending. So who are these “super users?” In this animation by Yukai Du we explore this incredibly diverse, constantly changing population and the efforts to address their enormous expenditures. This video is part of The Atlantic’s project, “The Platinum Patients,” which is a collaboration...
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  • Donald Trump Is Less Predictable Than Kim Jong Un
    The relationship between the United States and North Korea has reached a boiling point. In this short video, Atlantic National Correspondent Mark Bowden argues that President Trump’s unpredictability is more concerning than Kim Jong Un’s cruelty. “Trump is by far more likely to do something dangerously unexpected,” says Bowden. “In a nuclear environment, surprise can be deadly.”
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  • The Travel Ban Ruling Means My Kids Don't Belong
    On June 26th, the Supreme Court allowed part of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect. Writer Wajahat Ali worries about telling his young kids. “I am now forced to tell my two, caramel-mocha skinned children with arabic, multi-syllablic names that their country might no longer want them,” he says. But, Ali argues that is also an opportunity for action and a chance to ensure that the American...
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  • Is East Chicago the Next Flint?
    Demetra Turner and her family moved into the West Calumet Public Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana in May 2016. A month later, she found out she would have to evacuate her new home due to extremely elevated levels of lead and arsenic in the soil and water. It turned out the public housing complex was sitting on top of a Superfund site, one of the most toxic in the country. East Chicago is o...
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  • Why Are Humans Awkward?
    We've all experienced awkwardness, but some people are more prone to uncomfortable moments than others.  This video looks at why certain humans avoid eye contact and have trouble picking up on social cues. For further reading on the topic, check out Ty Tashiro’s book “Awkward": http://tytashiro.com/awkwardaweasome/ Olga Khazan interview with Tashiro: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive...
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  • How to Fight Superbugs
    Drug-resistant bacteria is rapidly outpacing the development of new drugs. A 2016 report, The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, estimates that globally 700,000 people die each year from drug-resistant bacterial infections. Part of the problem is that developing new drugs has become increasingly difficult. That’s why Andrew Roberts, a British bacterial scientist, is returning to a more primitive ...
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  • How North Korea Became a Crisis
    North Korea is an insulated rogue state that will do anything to survive. To understand how the standoff between Pyongyang and the world became so dire, it helps to go back to the founding of North Korea nearly 70 years ago, explains Mark Bowden in this short video.   Read more from Mark Bowden: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-worst-problem-on-earth/528717/ Authors: Mark...
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  • Which Animal Murders the Most?
    Is violence a part of human nature? A new study attempts to answer the question by looking at the rates of lethal violence across a thousand species. Ed Yong breaks down the list of the most murdery mammals and he explains how humans stack up. Read more from Ed Yong: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/humans-are-unusually-violent-mammals-but-averagely-violent-primates/501935/ Au...

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