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Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

Pike Place market in Seattle, not far from site of the original Starbucks and a core element of the city's successful downtown (Wikimedia commons) I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention.

Will Pope Francis Break the Church?

Edward Kinsella III In 1979, almost a year into the papacy of John Paul II, a novel called The Vicar of Christ spent 13 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

Afghanistan's Growing War With ISIS

An Afghan man cries near the dead body of his brother after a suicide attack in Jalalabad on April 18, 2015.

Astrology and Public Shaming: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Chris Lexow/Flickr/The Atlantic Necessarily the News Wesley Morris | Grantland "The [Daily Show] has become a pillar of the American political conversation, irrespective of ratings.

What Dense Breasts Mean for Cancer Risk

Eric Gaillard/Reuters Earlier this year, Caryn Hoadley received an unexpected letter after a routine mammogram.

How Fashion Co-Opted Coachella

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters For the past five years, fashion houses, lifestyle brands and beauty companies including H&M, PopSugar, Lacoste and Kiehl's have been flocking to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Chief Juror of the United States

Nati Harnik/AP Imagine you're a lawyer entering the courtroom to select the 12 men and women who will decide the civil case you've been preparing for nearly a year.

Graffiti Busting in Los Angeles

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Makerspaces Are Remaking Local Economies

A workroom in the Columbus Idea Foundry, a vibrant makerspace in Ohio's biggest city (John Tierney) Two and a half years ago, James Fallows wrote an article about the changing state of American manufacturing.

The Quest to Boot Old Hickory Off the $20

Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the potential Jackson replacements suggested by Women on 20s. ( Courtesy of Women on 20s ) This week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire introduced the Women on the Twenty Act, legislation aimed at putting an American woman on the $20 bill.

The Journalist and the Murderer

Fox Searchlight The title of True Story, taken from the memoir it's based upon, seems to assure the audience of a mind-blowing premise.

Who Will Track the Internet Trackers?

Nigel Roddis/Reuters It's a given that when you visit a website, that site is gathering information about you.

Britt McHenry and the Upsides of a Surveillance Society “I’m in the news, sweetheart.” So began the tirade—if a steely, sneering string of vitriol can fairly be called a "tirade"—delivered to an anonymous recipient, a worker at a towing garage, by the ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.

Photos of the Week: 4/11-4/17

This week, we have images of a visit to Coachella, raging fires in Siberia, Yazidi New Year celebrations, a burning Boeoegg in Zurich, the World Pole Dance Championships in Beijing, a gyrocopter on the the lawn of the U.S.

Filmmaking for Kids: Rough, Raw, and Real

Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters I started high school the year the iPod was released. It would be another eight years, when I was getting ready to graduate from college, before the iPod—and eventually its successor, the iPhone—could shoot video.

The Robots of Orphan Black

BBC Orphan Black is a sci-fi conspiracy show, and as such, it's filled with secret plots, secret counter-plots, subterfuge, and improbable twisting revelations.

Why Women Aren't Having Children

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic Pope Francis is widely believed to be a cool Pope—a huggable, Upworthyish, meme-ready, self-deprecating leader for a new generation of worshippers.

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

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David Cameron on Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP When I met not long ago with David Cameron, the prime minister of Great Britain, I knew that he had repeatedly and publicly professed concern about the safety of his country’s Jewish citizens, but I did not know that he was thinking deeply about the nature of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism—in a similar manner to Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, who is Europe’s leader in combating anti-Zionism and Judeophobia.

How America Reduced Its Health-Care Spending by $2 Trillion

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters The early days of the Obama administration were a chaos of uncertainty, between the historic housing bust, historic market crash, and historic armada of stimulus.