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August 15-22, 2016 Issue
Cover art by: Karl-Raphael Blanchard
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Welcome to Brazil, Where a Food Revolution Is Changing the Way People Eat
How the country challenged the junk-food industry and became a global leader in the battle against obesity.
Brazil For Sale: How a Legal Coup Set the Stage for Privatization
More austerity and the sell off of treasured public assets will worsen an already crippling recession.
Budget Failures, Displacement, Zika—Welcome to Rio’s $11.9B Summer Olympics
The disaster in Brazil is an extreme version of what happens when the International Olympic Committee comes to town.
The Future of Philanthropy
Is a new gospel of giving on the rise? Eight philanthropic thinkers weigh in.
Is Trump’s Style of Politics the New Normal for the GOP?
Trump’s policies are repellent, but the real danger comes from the acceptance of menace and ridicule as substitutes for political debate.
How Hillary Clinton Made History
Throughout her career, she’s won over rivals, critics, even enemies. That’s how a woman has to do it.
In their eagerness to defeat Trump, liberal pundits are reviving a damaging discourse.
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The Labor Party’s Spectacular Self-Destruction
The establishment would rather gut the party than allow Jeremy Corbyn to lead it.
Unsubstantiated Roger Ailes Rumor
Hey, Roger Ailes, You’re Fired!
Will the Fox News CEO’s downfall signal a sea change in cable news reporting?
Books and the Arts
Máirtín Ó Cadhain: Found in Translation
They way to see the author’s satire of small-village life whole is to see the translations multiplied.
The ‘Ghostbusters’ Trolls Were Right
In one sense: The jokes do change when the characters are women, who incite you to laugh through a graveyard of America’s bloody history.
The Donald Trump Blueprint
Trump inhabits interiors in lieu of an interior life and shows them off with hyperbolic self-celebration. Gilt by association!
The Partisan Reviewer
In two recent essay collections, Tim Parks explores why we bother with reading and writing books.
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Letters From the August 15-22, 2016, Issue
Suffering in private… An ounce of prevention… Pulsing with love…
Seth Freed Wessler
Puzzle No. 3404
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto