November/December 2012 Issue
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- No Way Out
- In Iran, I was thrown into solitary with no lawyer, no way to defend myself, no idea when it would end. I didn't know the same thing happens to countless people back home.
- Sweet Little Lies
- Inside the sugar industry's four-decade campaign to frost its image and keep scientists from asking: Does sugar kill?
Rare earths make your smartphone smart. But just how radioactive is the process of refining them?
Apple wants you to replace your iPhone every couple of years. These guys can make it last forever.
The Great Right Hope
Ted Cruz has been hyped as the future of conservative America. Will the tea party's boy wonder turn the Senate upside down?
Drill, Baby, Drill
Oilman Harold Hamm's speed-fracking operation is transforming North Dakota. Up next: Washington, DC.
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Food + Health
- The Silent Treatment
- 5 things your doctor can't tell you
- Fat Pharm
- Are antibiotics making you fat?
Cover: Illustration by Tim O'Brien
1 Gary Taubes ("Sweet Little Lies") has won three top awards from the National Association of Science Writers; coauthor 2 Cristin Kearns Couzens "drilled, filled, and billed" about 5,000 cavities in her six years as a dentist. Oil painter and late-night candy shopper 3 Chris Buzelli illustrated their story.
While reporting on pollution from rare-earth refining in Malaysia ("Killer App"), senior editor 4 Kiera Butler was accosted mid-interview by a persistent used-towel hawker. (Her trip was supported by the Society of Environmental Journalists.)
6 Jason Holley, who drew frack magnate Harold Hamm ("Drill, Baby, Drill"), was born near Texas oil country; after following Hamm's trail to North Dakota, Josh Harkinson filed an expense report claiming $40 for a round of drinks and a strip club cover charge.