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Published: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

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Seth Mnookin: Fighting a one-of-a-kind disease.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

Matt Might and Cristina Casanova met in the spring of 2002, as twenty-year-old undergraduates at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Cristina was an industrial-design major with an interest in philosophy; Matt was a shy computer geek obsessed with “Star Trek.” At first, Cristina took no . . . (Subscription required.)



Rachel Aviv: A middle-school cheating scandal raises questions about No Child Left Behind.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the room where standardized tests were kept. It was the week before his students took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which determined whether schools in Georgia had met federal standards of . . .



Nicholas Lemann: Janet Yellen confronts the financial crisis.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

In April, two months after Janet Yellen took over as chair of the Federal Reserve Board, she went to New York to make her first speech to the financial industry. In a Times Square hotel ballroom, Yellen, a small woman with a helmet of white hair, sat on a three . . . (Subscription required.)



Ben McGrath: Are the X Games aging out?

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

Last month, at a party in downtown Austin to celebrate the start of the X Games, ESPN’s showcase for action sports, now in its twentieth year, I met a marketing manager named Scott Schoppert. He wasn’t a fan of the X Games per se, although he . . . (Subscription required.)



Nathan Heller: The tech industry vs. San Francisco.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00Z

In the spiritual geography of San Francisco, Davies Symphony Hall—a glass-and-concrete half rotunda much resembling R2-D2’s neckline—sits between hills steep with layered mansions and the urban basin where the city’s gritty elements now rest. John Adams’s “ . . .



Héctor Tobar: How the Chilean miners survived.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00Z

The San José Mine is situated inside a round, rocky, and lifeless mountain in the Atacama Desert, in Chile. Once every dozen years or so, a storm system sweeps across the desert, dropping a torrent of rain. When that happens, the dust turns to mud as thick as freshly . . .



Adam Gopnik: Visiting the 9/11 memorial and museum.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00Z

To get into the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you have to pass through a world-class security arrangement—a conveyor belt for shoes, belt buckles, cell phones; a three-second hands-above-your-head body scan—overseen by a notably grim private-security corps. “Stand there!” uniformed . . . (Subscription required.)



Nathan Heller: Why Richard Linklater makes movies.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00Z

To get to the place where Richard Linklater was shooting his new film, you had to travel a short distance that seemed far: past the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a preserve on the edge of downtown Austin; past an R.V. park and a country club; past the turnoff to the Salt . . . (Subscription required.)



John Colapinto: How the xx found unlikely fame.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00Z

In late March, the xx, a band that ordinarily appears at ten-thousand-seat arenas, played a ten-night “residency” at the Park Avenue Armory, performing for just a few dozen people at a time. Open to the public for fifty-five dollars a ticket, the shows also . . . (Subscription required.)



Jeffrey Toobin: The rise of Ted Cruz.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00Z

Ted Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, has heard the line about how the Party needs to become more moderate to win Presidential elections. “It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always ‘Surrender your principles and agree with . . .