Features


The Gravity of Groups

Mina Cikara explores how political tribalism feeds the American bipartisan divide.

by Max J. Krupnick

Plants on a Changing Planet

How long will the world’s forests impound carbon below ground?

by Jonathan Shaw

The Homelessness Public Health Crisis

Homelessness has surged in the United States, with devastating effects on the public health system.

by Lydialyle Gibson

Benjamin Smith Lyman

Brief life of the vegetarian trailblazer, 1835-1920

by Christine M.E. Guth

Diagnosis by Fiction

The “Healing Quartet,” by “Samuel Shem,” probes medicine—and life.

by Craig Lambert

Why Americans Love to Hate Harvard

The president emeritus on elite universities’ academic accomplishments—and a rising tide of antagonism

by Derek Bok

How Birds Lost Flight

Scott Edwards discovers evolution’s master switches.

by Veronique Greenwood

Winthrop Bell

Brief life of a philosopher and spy: 1884-1965

by Jason Bell

Zelia Nuttall

Brief life of a remarkable anthropologist (1857-1933)

by Merilee Grindle

Break Every Chain

How black plaintiffs in the Jim Crow South sought justice

by Max J. Krupnick

How to Make a Mammal

Studying the fates of cells, Sharad Ramanathan comes closer to understanding the biology of development.

by Jonathan Shaw