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Uji Films Duo Looks at School Lunches in the New Documentary, ‘Lunch Line’

How did school lunches get so bad, and how can they get better? In the new documentary <i>Lunch Line,</i> Michael Graziano and Ernie Park dig deep to find …

How Chris McCandless Died

Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other …

Paleo, vegan, gluten-free -- the only certainty about health trends is their reversal

During my last visit to Los Angeles, in March, I chronicled my meals by the dietary restrictions of my dining companions. For breakfast one day, I ate in Los Feliz with four friends who were varying degrees of gluten-free. One had suddenly discovered a gluten intolerance, while another felt it …

Nutrition

Mountain People

By Darcy Courteau<p>September 7, 2015<p>If the idea of home is a safe abstraction, anyone’s actual home is ruthlessly particular. I grew up on a remote …

Vietnam War

Women's Soccer Is a Feminist Issue

Female athletes have historically received very little attention from activists and advocates for gender equality. Why?<p>When I told my friends and family I’d be going to Brazil for the World Cup last year, they looked at me like I’d just won the lottery. In a sense, I had; I’d entered a lottery just …

Why Children of Immigrants Often Involuntarily Lose a Language

“First-language loss occurs almost across the board by immigrants’ third generation, Light says. That is, Daniel’s children would most commonly be …

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.<p>You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase …

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p>A trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

The Case Against Kids

Is procreation immoral?<p>In 1832, Charles Knowlton, a doctor in Ashfield, Massachusetts, published a short book with a long title: “Fruits of Philosophy: The Private Companion of Young Married People, by a Physician.” Knowlton, who was thirty-one, was a “freethinker” and, by the standards of the …

The Prisoner’s Daughter: What if your dad had been doing time for murder for as long as you’d known him?

Amanda Rosario remembered a big gray room, and she remembered the smell of it. She hated the smell of it. She was on her mom’s lap, she remembered, …

Where do children’s earliest memories go? – Kristin Ohlson

I’m the youngest by far of five children. My mother was 35 when she conceived me in 1951, so chagrined by this chronological indiscretion that she …

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

And other insights from a ground-breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement<p>One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, …

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

Teens share a wide range of information about themselves on social media sites;1 indeed the sites themselves are designed to encourage the sharing of …

Up All Night

The science of sleeplessness.<p>Nathaniel Kleitman, known as the “father of modern sleep research,” was born in 1895 in Bessarabia—now Moldova—and spent much of his youth on the run. First, pogroms drove him to Palestine; then the First World War chased him to the United States. At the age of twenty, …

The Big Sleep

Insomnia drugs like Ambien are notorious for their side effects. Has Merck created a blockbuster replacement?<p>One evening in late May, four senior employees of Merck, the pharmaceutical company, sat in the bar of a Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland, wearing metal lapel pins stamped with the word</i> …

The Confidence Gap

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.<p><b>F</b>or years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would …

Chris Harrison: The Reigning King of The Bachelor

Ever wondered whether your girl is with you for "the right reasons"? Or if your chest is alabaster-smooth enough? Or why you're lighting so many friggin'candles nowadays? That's The Bachelor, worming its way into your Y chromosome. And one man above all is responsible for this: Chris Harrison, the …

Would you be the same person if you were a different gender? – Charlotte Witt

A few years ago a blog called <i>The Philosophy Smoker</i> hosted a discussion of women’s dress. The blog’s motto (‘In which issues concerning the profession …

Feminism

Philip Gould wrestles with the meaning, and ecstasy, of impending death

If suicide is signalled on social media, should you intervene? – Megan Moreno

She sat before me, feet in combat boots tapping an irregular rhythm on our muted yellow clinic floor. She was twirling a strand of long black hair …

Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies?

M.C. was born with ambiguous genitalia, a rare condition that doctors addressed with surgery. Now, in a landmark lawsuit, M.C.'s parents are challenging the medical mainstream: Why does a surgeon decide what sex a child should be?<p><b>Pam Crawford first</b> saw M.C. nine years ago, on an adoption website …

Gender

Why Is America Obsessed With Perfecting Its Teeth?

Metal-Mouths<p>America’s obsession with perfecting its teeth.<p>Photographs by Bobby Doherty<p>“<b>Start check!” a technician</b> called, and Dr. Ben Burris stood up …

Dentistry

Who Owns the Dead?

It was a Sunday in the autumn of 1995, and Rob Sanders was driving his three kids from his house in Baltimore to the house of his ex-wife, Elizabeth …