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Biomimetics: A Short History

Why imitating nature's greatest tricks is the future of engineering.

Illustration by Robert Ball for FP
Illustration by Robert Ball for FP

Epiphanies From Christine Lagarde

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund on her frustrations with Congress, how the IMF saved Ukraine, and why her institution is poised to be more relevant than ever.

Illustration by Elias Stein for FP
Illustration by Elias Stein for FP

Born Into Bad Luck

The sad fate of Japan's fire horse women.

Illustration by Elias Stein for FP
Illustration by Elias Stein for FP

Those Tricky Germans

A few too many years under the Deutsche Demokratische Republik can wreak havoc on a moral compass.

Illustration by Elias Stein for FP
Illustration by Elias Stein for FP

Is Polygyny a Slave to History?

How the slave trade patterns of centuries ago are still shaping African marriages today.

Illustration by Robert Ball for FP
Illustration by Robert Ball for FP

Epiphanies From Teju Cole

The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.

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Illegal Alien: A Short History

Undocumented? Unauthorized? Illegal? After 250 years, we're still debating what to call America’s visa-less immigrants.

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Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

The Path of Least Resistance

Why India's biggest problem 
isn't Narendra Modi.

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Illustration by John Pobojewski / Thirst

Back to Basics

Looking for an alternative to dysfunction in Washington? Maybe it's time to turn to Berlin.

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Photo by Wikimedia

Did Hitler Bring Home the Bacon?

Why even the Fuhrer was a proponent of pork barrel spending.

Illustration by Pete Ryan for FP
Illustration by Pete Ryan for FP
Illustration by Pete Ryan for FP
Illustration by Pete Ryan for FP

We Don’t Need No Education

Thought control in the classroom is real -- and it works.

Illustration by Robert Ball for FP
Illustration by Robert Ball for FP

Epiphanies from Jack Matlock

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock on the flawed “reset” with Russia, Washington’s cliques, and how the Ukraine crisis is a product of NATO expansion.

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Third Gender: A Short History

From ancient Greece to modern Pakistan, the political and cultural emergence of a complex, controversial term.

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Arctic Sovereignty: A Short History

How a frigid no man's land became one of the most hotly contested territories on Earth. 

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Epiphanies From Christine Lagarde

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund on her frustrations with Congress, how the IMF saved Ukraine, and why her institution is poised to be more relevant than ever.