The daughter of a plastics manufacturer assesses the toxins that get passed from one generation to another, in her family and yours. First published in 2015, this story, like petrochemistry, stays with you.
In 1864, United States soldiers murdered 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho families in a small village, and they pilfered their remains as trophies. Museums and private collectors finally returned what material they had to the tribes. The questions now are: does repatriation help First Nations heal? And what else can be done?
From Iain Sinclair to Lauren Elkin and W. G. Sebald, the meditative stroll, based on the dérive or ‘drift,’ is a popular literary form in England. When one young writer considers his own stroll, he maneuvers through the form’s past, present and future.
For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?
Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike.
Now that many Americans fear we’re entering a dark period of decline, it’s useful to analyze the industrialized world’s post-War period of economic prosperity to understand what made it exceptional, and why we cannot recreate it.
Lonni Sue can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Scientific American opinion editor Michael Lemonick explore what she’s is teaching us about memory.
Contemporary culture is obsessed with makeovers — of bodies, homes, even entire neighborhoods. But this quest for transformative authenticity often has a dark side.
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?