October 22, 2018
Annals of Media
The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire
The company has achieved formidable reach by focussing on small markets where its TV stations can have a big influence.
by Sheelah Kolhatkar
October 15, 2018
Annals of Education
The Rise and Fall of Affirmative Action
With a lawsuit against Harvard, Asian-American activists have formed an alliance with a white conservative to change higher education.
by Hua Hsu
October 1, 2018
Letter from Utah
Why Two Chefs in Small-Town Utah Are Battling President Trump
The owners of an improbably successful restaurant at the gate of a vast wilderness are fighting to keep it unspoiled.
by Kathryn Schulz
September 24, 2018
Sam Mendes’s Directorial Discoveries
For screen and stage, Mendes works like a sculptor—continually molding and remolding space, speech, and gesture.
by John Lahr
September 17, 2018
Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
The most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech.
by Evan Osnos
September 10, 2018
A Critic at Large
Is Education a Fundamental Right?
The history of an obscure Supreme Court ruling sheds light on the ongoing debate over schooling and immigration.
by Jill Lepore
September 3, 2018
Annals of the Mind
The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages
What can hyperpolyglots teach the rest of us?
by Judith Thurman
August 6 & 13, 2018
Letter from Amsterdam
How a Notorious Gangster Was Exposed by His Own Sister
Astrid Holleeder secretly recorded her brother’s murderous confessions. Will he exact revenge?
by Patrick Radden Keefe
July 30, 2018
Letter from Warsaw
Is Poland Retreating from Democracy?
A debate about the country’s past has revealed sharply divergent views of its future.
by Elisabeth Zerofsky
July 23, 2018
A Reporter at Large
How E-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China
JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business.
by Jiayang Fan