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The Strange Intimacy of ‘Serial’
What gives the podcast's storytellers, and its listeners, the right to parse through the very private details of other people's lives?
Obama and the 6-Year Itch
It's not unusual for Americans to weary of the president in his second term. But rarely does the rejection happen so rapidly.
Chris Christie Is Trying to Fight an Ebola Panic That Doesn’t Really Exist
How did the New Jersey governor so badly misread public opinion?
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Small-Scale Attacks by Self-Radicalized Terrorists Are the New Normal
Incidents like the Ottawa parliament shootings have taken on scary inevitability.
Ebola Is a Virus That Punishes False Confidence
Taming it will require plenty of human humility.
The Fugitive in the Pennsylvania Woods
How has the survivalist who shot two state troopers avoided capture during a month-long manhunt?
ISIS May Be About to Commit a Massacre in Northern Syria. Are Americans Ready for What Limited Intervention Looks Like?
Officials in the city of Kobani are warning of "5,000 dead within 24 or 36 hours."
Drones and Everything After
The flying, spying, killing machines that are turning humans into superheroes.
The Inhuman Heroism of Health-Care Workers in the Ebola Zone
The acts required to impose isolation on an infected population are brave and terrible.
The Lessons of the Dallas Ebola Case
Even the smallest mistakes by hospitals can have dire consequences.
Obama Can Stand Up to Enemies Like ISIS, But Finding Allies Is the Real Challenge
If the U.S. wants to avoid sending troops into combat, it needs friends to do the fighting.
The Summer of 2014 and the Return of the Politics of Racism
A shift in the attention of the American left, away from economic inequality.
Police Militarization Is a Problem the Left and Right Can Agree About — and Solve
It's not the deepest problem that surfaced in Ferguson. But it's actionable.
Ebola and the Brutal Necessity of Quarantine
It is bracing to be reminded of what the fallback solution is when medicine cannot contain a disease.
Maybe It’s Time to Stop Assuming That Israel Is Capable of Surgical Military Strikes in Gaza
The shelling of schools makes the IDF's reputation for supreme precision seem increasingly undeserved.
What John Kerry's Botched Gaza Plan Says About His Political Evolution
Is his "emotional commitment" to Israel ?
‘Telegenically Dead Palestinians’: Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War
In this conflict, we are seeing the Palestinians less as terrorists and more as they see themselves — as ordinary people living in often impossible circumstances.
The Case for the End of the Modern Zoo
It's not just humans, but the animals themselves, who are showing how a life in captivity isn't a life at all.
8 Years Later, Will America Really Be Ready for Hillary?
The question for 2016 isn't whether Clinton will evolve, it's how much the country has evolved.