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Medical Dispatch

The Complex Business of Vaccine Mandates

Tougher mandates may be necessary—but we shouldn’t ignore the harm that they can cause.

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Joe Biden’s Afghanistan Problem

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If the Administration fails to help stabilize the beleaguered country, a withdrawal that appeared politically deft could prove damaging.

October 16, 2021

Jeff Bezos Thrusts Into Space

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While the world burns.

October 15, 2021

The First Taste of Adele’s Divorce Album

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A new single, “Easy on Me,” reminds us how Adele has succeeded while resisting almost every force of modern pop music.

October 15, 2021

William Shatner Reacts to a Real Space Trip as Only He Can

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Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek,” has had a long life in the public relations of space.

October 14, 2021

The Republicans Running to Support Donald Trump

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Don Bolduc, a retired Army general and candidate for Senate in New Hampshire, is one of many political aspirants who believe that the 2020 election was stolen.

October 14, 2021
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Stash-House Stings Carry Real Penalties for Fake Crimes

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The undercover operations seem like entrapment, but their targets can receive long sentences—sometimes even harsher than those for genuine crimes.

Seventy-Two Hours Under the Heat Dome

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A chronicle of a slow-motion climate disaster that became one of Oregon’s deadliest calamities.

The Shadow Penal System for Struggling Kids

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The Christian organization Teen Challenge, made up of more than a thousand centers, claims to reform troubled teens. But is its discipline more like abuse?

Paul McCartney Doesn’t Really Want to Stop the Show

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Half a century after the Beatles broke up, he’s still correcting the record—and making new ones.


Surviving the Horror of Residential Schools by Skateboarding

In “Joe Buffalo,” an indigenous skateboarder overcomes addiction and trauma stemming from his years in Canada’s Church-run school system.


Susan Orlean’s Animal Obsession, and an Interview with Merrick Garland

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The author of “The Orchid Thief” on her fascination with how we communicate across species. And Jane Mayer asks the Attorney General about prosecuting the January 6th rioters.

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