July/August 2009 Issue
Just who is winning the War on Drugs?
- This Is Your War on Drugs
- Since 1998, the drug czar has been mandated to lie to the American people. So what would a truth-based drug policy look like?
- We Bring Fear
- A reporter flees the biggest cartel of all—the Mexican Army.
- The Altered States of America
- What a long, strange trip it's been: a drug war timeline.
- Las Baladas Prohibidas
- On the trail of Mexico's popular narcocorridos
- The Patriot's Guide to Legalization
- A teetotaler's guide to a sober drug policy
- What's Your Water Footprint?
Nice jeans. Too bad they cost the planet 2,866 gallons of precious H2O.
PLUS: It'd be easy to conserve water if it weren't so damn cheap.
- First, Do Harm
Doctors were involved in torture from the start. Can the medical profession redeem itself?
- I Love a Mark in Uniform
Why won't the government take action against the sleazebucket used car salesmen who prey on our troops?
- 42 Hours, $500, 65 Breakdowns
My weekend with the slightly spooky self-help gurus at Landmark, or how I Enrolled in the Possibility™ of a bathroom break
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- Black and White and Dead All Over
- Brenda Starr outsourced to India; from editor to topless-club manager; and other tales from America's endangered newspapers
- Can This Man Save the Planet?
- Todd Stern would have a fair shot at fixing the climate—if only the Senate would get out of his way.
Amy Benfer on the resurrection of Ayn Rand; plus more music (Those Darlins, Best Crisis Ever, Gone: The Promises of Yesterday, Coconut Rock), books (The Spiders of Allah, Belching Out the Devil, Rewilding the West), and film (Kassim the Dream, Afghan Star) reviews
- Writer Without Borders
- William T. Vollmann talks about the border, prostitutes, and why he distrusts the Internet.
- Abridged Too Far
- Long books abridged for people with short attention spans.
- Shady Business
- Are you getting burned by your sunscreen's sunny claims?
Cover illustration by Tim O'Brien