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Ideas | Stephen Kinzer

The CIA chemist who sought the secrets of mind control

Sidney Gottlieb may be the most powerful unknown American of the 20th century.

Ideas | David Scharfenberg

How Donald Trump just might save the Republican Party — and the country

All eyes are on the daily eruptions in the White House — but a promising new, Trump-era conservatism is taking shape in his shadow.


Big Data: More than 1,100 lives

Up until 2015, social scientists and researchers had very little information on these deaths.

Ideas | Paula A. Johnson

Speaking with the enemy 101

Our nation has long looked to colleges and universities to serve a range of public goods. But at this historical moment, they also need to equip students to talk across difference.

Mood | Ideas

Rediscovering the joys of swimming in a pond

In a summer punctuated by alerts from the Sharktivity app, the Cape’s 1,000 lakes and ponds offer freedom and peace of mind.

Ideas | Jonathan Kaufman

Are Hong Kong protests a preview of China’s uncertain future?

How long will a growing, educated and cosmopolitan Chinese middle class be satisfied with one-party rule, censorship, surveillance and a lack of government accountability?

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

NFL fever: A seasonal malady

Are you suffering from critically unresolved pigskin devotion?