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Straight Up

How Johnnie Walker conquered the world.

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Make Them Eat Cake

How America is exporting its obesity epidemic.

Photos: Lauren Coleman

The Snaxis of Evil

A journey with food writer Mark Bittman into the bellies of America's enemies.

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The Big Bet

Everyone is trying to cash in on China's gambling addiction. But does Beijing have an ace up its sleeve?

Jason Miklian

Fluid Markets

Deep in Congo's violent east, the business of beer meets the ugliness of war.


Cooking in Karachi

The world's most dangerous megacity is the next frontier in the global meth trade.


And Now for Some Good News…

This might be the golden age of vice, but people are getting richer, freer, and more connected every day. 


Think Again: American Nuclear Disarmament

A smaller atomic arsenal isn't just wishful thinking -- it's bad strategy.

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How Lincoln Shaped Obama’s World

The morally conflicted world views of the two sons of Illinois.

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Geoengineering: A Short History

How hacking the climate came to be seen as our least worst option for averting a global climate catastrophe.


Hacking the Climate

7 far-out geoengineering ideas that could save the planet -- or destroy it trying.

Illustrations by Andrew Roberts

Psych the Vote

Five surprising insights into voting behavior from the cutting edge of psychology.


When Poor People Sneeze, Banks Catch a Cold

Infectious disease isn't just a health risk. It can take down an entire financial system. 

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Moms vs. Markets

Why home cooking can lead to weaker economic performance -- and more dysfunctional politics to boot.

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Barriers to Entry

How opening borders gives economies a lift.

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The IMF is offering 20th-century solutions for a 21st-century economy.


The Island Lobbyist

What Japan's Senkakus advocate brings to meetings on Capitol Hill.

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The Long Haul

The monumental task of packing up a war.

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Muse of the Revolution

A Syrian-American writer finds her voice, with help from Libya's most famous novelist.