Why Do Animals Age?

Scientists studying wild creatures, from turtles and terns to bats and parakeets, are coming up with answers that may help humans stave off some of aging’s most devastating effects.

What Makes Elizabeth Run?

She doesn’t agree with her husband on every issue. She doesn’t hesitate to say so publicly. And she doesn’t walk away from a fight. Elizabeth Edwards might just be the most refreshing political spouse since Eleanor Roosevelt.

Gay No More

Some religious groups are trying to re-orient gays. Why are many psychiatrists alarmed?

Mar 1999

Rethinking the Commune

Across America bold pioneers are building a new kind of housing for the 21st century.

Mar 2006

When Is a Corporation Like a Freed Slave?

In rural Pennsylvania, township supervisors battling sewage sludge and hog manure stumble up against one of the biggest mysteries in constitutional law.

Nov 2006

Living on the Edge

Millions of older Americans don’t have enough money to put food on the table, but the government doesn’t count them as “poor.” How did this happen—and what’s being done about it?

Mar 2010

Drugs Online: A New Danger

Viagra, Prozac, diet pills, even party drugs—all can be had with just a click of your computer mouse. And there’s little anyone can do to stop the growing Internet drug trade.

When Wounded Vets Come Home

As more troops than ever are surviving the fearsome injuries of war, parents are increasingly being thrust into the role of long-term caregivers.

Jul 2008

The Redemption of Chris Rose

Like his city and his newspaper, a survivor.

Subsidies at Sea

A private shipbuilder received millions in ‘location incentives’ to save an abandoned naval yard in South Philadelphia. What did the city get in return?

May 2001

Silence in the Fields

The U.S. government is allowing farmers to fill thousands of jobs with foreign ‘guestworkers.’ The conditions are hardly hospitable—but those who speak out can be sent straight back home.

Jan 2001

Hispanic Diaspora

Drawn by jobs, Latino immigrants are moving to small towns like Siler City, North Carolina, bringing with them new diversity—and new tensions.

Jul 2000

Steel Town Lockdown

Corrections Corporation of America is trying to turn Youngstown, Ohio, into the private-prison capital of the world.

May 2000

Sudden Debt

Overdrawn by $5? Need a loan until payday? Hidden bank fees and usurious storefront lenders plunge millions of Americans into downward financial spirals.

Sep 2001

Helms’ Last Stand?

The Senate’s most renowned right-winger faces a new day in the Tar Heel state.

Oct 1996

Katrina: The Untold Story

Two years after the killer hurricane, those hit hardest are still fighting despair and searching for hope.

Sep 2007

Art & States’ Rights

The religious right’s war on public funding for the arts.

Jun 1998

Statehouses Drop the Other Shoe

The regressive ambitions of the religious right.

Dec 1995

Long Division

Ron Paul delegates find dissent is unwelcome within the GOP ranks.

Sep 2012

Going Home

The hospital couldn’t save Jack’s life. But hospice gave him something to live for.

Jan 2005

The Mines That Built Empires

For 5,000 years, Spain’s mineral riches created cash economies and global pollution.

Sep 2010

Laid Off!

For factory workers in America—especially those over the age of 45—job security is a dying dream. Over the past year record numbers of employees have gotten pink slips. But some are managing to bounce back. Here are their stories.

Mar 2009

Fork in the Road

Today organic foods seem as mainstream as frozen waffles, but the United States still lags far behind Europe. It’s time for Washington to give the industry a jolt.

Mar 2011

Schweitzer’s Dangerous Discovery

When a shy paleontologist cracked open a T. rex femur and peered inside, she erased a line between past and present. Then all hell broke loose.

Apr 2006