Into the Unknown

The author and her husband train for the open-water Alcatraz swim in the ultimate test of their bodies—and their marriage.

Apr 2011

Top Chef

When her husband decided to perfect his culinary skills—artichoke ragout, cardoon fritters—the author discovered that marriage to an überchef is not all it’s cooked up to be.

Nov 2007

The Single Greatest Thing

At first, nothing seemed stranger than sunny beaches, perfect waves, and an endless blue ocean. Then he asked if I’d like to learn how to surf.

Jul 2001

Sea Change

On the eve of the Plastiki’s historic journey, we set sail with two women who will help steer the all-plastic boat across the Pacific.

May 2010

The Nasty Truth

Field-tested techniques to get the love you deserve.

Oct 1995

Babes on Belay

Four young climbers hit the road in search of big rock, girl power, and a heavenly interlude of physical bliss.

Apr 2005

The Modernist Nursery

Having children has inspired contemporary designers to make sleek, minimalist cribs and changing tables. Now, if only the kids would keep their grubby hands off the stuff.

Plunging Ahead to Poke the Bear

Embracing marriage, flaws and all.

Playing the System

In Darien, Ill., 12-year-old umpires can’t earn a salary—but tips are another story.

Three’s a Crowd

The fact that couples therapy stresses out therapists has long been an open secret, and a growing number of family therapists are talking about the challenges of the practice.

Riot Grrrnup

The former riot-grrrl rocker and Portlandia co-star Carrie Brownstein refuses to settle.

Sink and Swim

After nearly drowning, Cullen Jones has set his mind to conquering the water.

When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten?

Parents, and now states, are trying to work it so that some children are a year older when they enter school. This could lead to better test scores—and more inequality.

I’ll Take a Scoop of Prosciutto, Please

Why does Jake Godby make such weird ice cream?

American Megamillionaire Gets Russki Space Heap!

Sells Joy Rides to Fellow Tycoons! NASA Fumes!

Grumpy Old Drug Smugglers

The fight to permit the importation of prescription medicines is being led by disgruntled seniors who have turned the bus ride into an act of civil disobedience.

Heavy Questions

In Starr County, Tex., nearly half the children in elementary school are overweight. Is it because they are poor? Is it genetic? Or is something else going on?

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62 and Life to Go

Why the 62-year-old marathon swimmer Diana Niyad can’t stay out of the water. Despite the jellyfish.

The Needle and the Damage Done

As if the death penalty weren’t controversial enough, new legal battles over the ethics of the lethal injection.

Reversal of Fortune

Maybe you’ve never heard of Lucky Chance—born Toby Benham—but the Australian climber, circus act, and all-around stunt monkey was testing the limits of BASE jumping in 2011 when he survived a horrible mountainside crash in France. What happens when a highflier falls to earth? He starts over—no matter how daunting the prospect.

Aug 2012

What If It’s (Sort of) a Boy and (Sort of) a Girl?

For decades, doctors have operated on babies born with ambiguous genitalia. But there is a growing debate about the role physicians— and parents —should play in physically shaping children.

“Nobody Remembers the Skinny Girl’s Name”

Holley Mangold is 350 pounds and can squat 525. Now she’s going for glory in the scruffiest Olympic sport there is.

Puberty before Age 10: A New “Normal”?

The science behind the incredible shrinking childhood.

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Breeder Reaction

Does everybody have the right to have a baby? And who should pay when nature alone doesn’t work?

Jul 2006