Private prison companies treat immigrant detainees like convicted criminals—and reap huge profits from the people they hold
John Adams’s famous defense of the British may not be, as we’ve always understood it, the ultimate
expression of principle and the rule of law
Two small towns in northeast Iowa are caught up in the national struggle over immigration
In a rural hospital, a patient passes the night without knowing how lucky he is to have avoided death
My father was training to fight a war, but his real battle was with himself
How American war surplus helped build the world’s most successful merchant marine
Aging has its rewards until it doesn’t. I am ready to contemplate the end but not, yet, to give in to it
Fifty years ago this week, when Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, the moment represented years of work and technical accomplishment. But it also left NASA struggling with a daunting new challenge: figuring out what to do next. Over the years, it has answered this question in part by highlighting the dizzying array of inventions it has inspired—some 1,500 a year. “Besides rocket science itself, perhaps the biggest thing people fail to understand about the agency is how its work has reverberated throughout the world in ways we experience directly every day,” writes Isabelle Taft. “It’s a mark of the agency’s enduring influence that even if we never make it there, we’re already living in a society forged by outer space.”
Shouldn’t literature enchant, surprise, and teach us? And to make this happen, shouldn’t we be the most expert readers we can be?
A new look at the island empire’s prize possession
A scholar of early Christianity on how her work informed her life
A Soviet émigré’s never-ending battle to be understood
Can age-old philosophy lead the way to happiness?
A German-born composer and his English oratorios
Known for rendering others, a writer turns his attention inward