March/April 2007

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Inside a born-again abortion clinic; Beltway brawls; why gay marriage is good for business; James K. Galbraith on Bush’s Capitol gains; Kurdistan’s guerrilla girls; coca adds life; sibling rivalry along the border; immigrant nannies get organized; game faces; and presidential signing bonuses.


For Sale by Owners

How a legal loophole is forcing the descendants of slaves to sell their land to developers.


Dennis Cass brains the pop neurologists; director Mira Nair talks about her movie The Namesake; chest-thumping Bible thumpers; plus more book (Poor People, Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders, One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers), film (An Unreasonable Man, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple), and music reviews (Alright, Still, VietNam, Phantom Punch, State of Grace).


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Ten thousand songs in your pocket. Ten thousand years in a landfill.


Coming Home

Painting by Owen Smith


Reversal of Fortune

For centuries, the formula was simple: Get rich, then live happily ever after. What changed?

PLUS:  Happiness: A photo essay by Brian Ulrich.

Breaking the News

Don’t blame the Internet. It’s the relentless pursuit of huge profits that is killing off America’s newspapers.

PLUS:  The tribulations of the L.A. Times, why bloggers need the MSM, our shrinking media universe, the full transcript of Sridhar Pappu’s interview with Dan Baquet, and Stop the Presses: a statistical snapshot of our rapidly shrinking media universe.

Are You There, George? It’s Me, Ava.

Meet the 16-year-old homeschooler whose antiwar video website gets 30,000 hits a day.

Thrown to the Assassins

They welcomed us as liberators. Now the United States is leaving its last Iraqi friends out in the cold.

Hail Mary

Sneaking into a pizza billionaire’s cloistered Catholic utopia.