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Mar/Apr 2014


The Upside of Personal Tragedy

After painful life experiences we're more likely to appreciate life's little delights.


The Liberal Gun Club

Exploring subculture in America.


The Myth of Supervision: Child Safety Isn't About You

Increased vigilance isn't necessarily the best way to prevent child-safety issues and injuries.


Swedish Pop Mafia

How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world.


Playing Make-Believe While Black

Are preschool teachers influenced in their evaluations of young children by race?


Shelf Help: New Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about Words Will Break Cement, The Tyranny of Experts, and You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.


The Kids Will Be All Right, Even Without the Nuclear Family

Gay, straight, single, divorced: Five studies that prove that the who of family matters a lot less than the how when it comes to raising happy, healthy kids.


Friends With Benefits: Psychologists and Sociologists on Facebook

Psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists like Facebook—and Facebook likes them back.


The Secret World of Fast Fashion

From 1960s Korea, through Brazil, to today's Los Angeles: Inside the world that brought you Forever 21—and those skinny jeans in your closet.


Could Taxes on Alcohol Promote Economic Growth?

All of those hangovers could be costing the country a lot of workdays.


In the Picture: Basketball, Teen Dreams, and Health Benefits of Green

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.


Among the Disbelievers: An African Skeptic Does Vegas

A fellow at the James Randi Educational Foundation, Leo Igwe is running a high-voltage campaign against witchcraft beliefs in Africa. Can he convince us to join his crusade against evils half a world away?


What Dreams Still Come: An Old-Fashioned Explorer in Modern Times

How to be an old-fashioned explorer—intrepid, obsessive, khaki-clad—without conquering anything. The secret life of Keith Muscutt.


4 Conferences Happening in March and April That Are Worth Attending

From Literature and Physical Culture to Banknote 2014, academic gatherings you should be aware of.


There's a Name for That Dance You Do With Strangers in the Elevator

You might also recognize it in the subway, library, restroom, and other public spaces where people aren't typically very social.


Contributors: Meet Some of the People Behind Our March/April Issue

Introducing Ethan Watters, Timothy Noah, Christina Moon, Robert Anasi, Maia Szalavaitz, and Lauren Lancaster.


Disenfranchised: Why Are We Still Buying Into the Franchise Dream?

In the tight-fisted world of fast food, it's not just the workers who get a lousy deal.


6 Events Happening in March and April That You Should Be Aware Of

From the first day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the presidential elections in Afghanistan, dates you might want to watch.