Cover Story

Here’s the Beef with Chicken from China

The Trump USDA favored a powerful lobby over American food safety

by James McWilliams


What Is Freedom of Conscience?

Its long history in Europe and England prepared the American Revolution. Where has this trait gone?

by Marilynne Robinson

Tuskegee Truth Teller

Peter Buxtun, like many medical whistleblowers, got little thanks for exposing a notorious scandal

by Carl Elliott

The Chief of Entertainers

Trumpet virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie was a jazz prophet, a musical genius, and a scatterbrained whirlwind

by David Grogan

Tales of War and Redemption

Even in the face of the ultimate human failing, we must be responsive to suffering and attuned to joy

by Phil Klay

“We’ll Do Everything We Can”

Sometimes, to save a patient, doctors must move beyond textbooks and embrace the ineffable

by Patrick Tripp


Editor's Note

Playing Chicken

Robert Wilson

Letter From …

Laos: What Lies Beneath

Karen J. Coates

Tuning Up

Against Wind and Tide

Clellan Coe

Commonplace Book

Winter 2018

Anne Matthews

American Places

The El

Emily Rapport


We Run

Valerie Martin


Four Poems

Nausheen Eusuf

Works in Progress

Home and Away

Nick Wagner

Bring Out Your Dead and Plant a Tree

Caitlin Doughty

Park Harvest

Rachel Adams

So You Think You Can Dance

Elyse Graham

About a Boy

David Lehman

Back in Circulation

Gwendolyn Purdom


The Sound of Tinseltown

Toscha Seidel made a nation fall in love with the violin

Adam Baer

Step by Step

Keeping the work of legendary choreographers alive depends on a cadre of experts

Julia Lichtblau

Book Essay

Book Reviews

Why We Need Art

Can evolutionary biology explain the human impulse to create?

Natalie Angier

The Wanderer 

How a Victorian novelist’s life and times inform our own

Michela Wrong

Bungle in the Jungle

A new biography considers what might have been in Indochina

Charles Trueheart

The Colonial Melting Pot

Six very different people in a war of liberation

T. H. Breen

Paranoia Strikes Deep

What are we hiding from in our policed and gated communities?

Jill Leovy