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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  • Imagining the future is indispensable to human life and society. But how do we do it? SOURCES: Mental time travel and the shaping of the human mind https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2666704/ The Legacy of Patient H.M. for Neurosciencehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2649674/ Neural Substrates of Envisioning the Future http://www.pnas.org/content/104/2/642.abstract The ...

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  • We all like to think we’re savvy shoppers, but we’re still vulnerable to these common psychological tricks. Sources: The Zero Price Effect: “How Small is Zero Price?” Dan Ariely, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/research-department-working-paper/2006/how-small-is-zero-price-the-true-value-of-free-products.aspx How the Offer of ‘Free Shipping’ Affects On-line ...

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  • In the 1950s, Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short story that he never published. Recently, editors of a Vonnegut short story collection discovered it while researching old papers. The Atlantic is printing “The Drone King” for the first time this fall. This piece is an animated excerpt of a passage from the story where an intrepid businessman named Sheldon Quick tries to sell his associate on the idea of u...

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  • 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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  • A documentary film crew travels to Greece to capture the perspectives of new arrivals. “I don’t think the human mind is able to understand the suffering we’ve experienced,” says a man in Matthew K. Firpo’s short documentary, Refuge. Filmed on location in 2016 in four different refugee camps across Greece—outside Athens and on the islands of Lesvos and Leros—the film allows victims of the Syrian C...

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  • In America, beef accounts for 37% of all human-induced methane released into the air. Methane is 23 times as warming to the climate as carbon dioxide. In a recent article, The Atlantic writer James Hamblin shows how one dietary change—replacing beef with beans—could get the U.S. 74% of the way to meeting 2020 greenhouse-gas emission goals. As Hamblin notes, it’s worth being reminded that individua...

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  • “We clearly are not post-racial,” Michele Norris, the celebrated former host of NPR’s All Things Considered, claims in this interview filmed at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. That’s why she created the Race Card Project: to “examine and interrogate America’s racial DNA.” Participants are tasked with condensing their experiences, questions, or observations about race and identity into just six word...

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  • “The foundation of Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy,” writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in his feature for The Atlantic’s October 2017 issue. In this animated excerpt from a recent interview with Coates about his article, the writer explains how tribalism and white supremacy paved the way for Trump. Gallup research shows that white voters overwhelmingly supported the candidate acr...

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  • “The foundation of Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy,” writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in his feature for The Atlantic’s October 2017 issue. In this animated excerpt from a recent interview with Coates about his article, the writer explains how tribalism and white supremacy paved the way for Trump. Gallup research shows that white voters overwhelmingly supported the candidate acr...

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  • “My position is not anti-technology, it’s pro-conversation,” asserts Sherry Turkle the director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self in a short interview at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Turkle believes that technology is an important part of modern life, but also that people need time away from their phones to cultivate the best relationships with other people. She argues that there shou...

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  • In the 1950s, Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short story that he never published. Recently, editors of a Vonnegut short story collection discovered it while researching old papers. The Atlantic is printing “The Drone King” for the first time this fall. This piece is an animated excerpt of a passage from the story where an intrepid businessman named Sheldon Quick tries to sell his associate on the idea of u...

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  • “Liberty requires vigilance and sacrifice so we remain standing in defense of our Constitution and its values,” says Khizr Khan. The lawyer and Gold Star father of Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq, spoke out against President Trump at the Democratic National Committee Convention in 2016. Interviewed at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, Khan discusses how his son’s death ...

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  • “These tests at their best allow new forms of connection that might not have been otherwise possible,” says Alondra Nelson, president-elect of the Social Science Research Council. Though African American communities experienced a troubled history with genetics, primarily through eugenics, individuals are now using DNA testing to answer questions about their ancestors and connect with their African...

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  • “If we don’t engage, we have only ourselves to blame,” says Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, in this short interview from the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Huerta argues that if new protest movements want to change policy, old organizing methods are still the most effective.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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