A Conversation in Iowa

An exchange on faith and politics in America.

Monday, October 12


A Very Revealing Conversation with Rihanna

‘‘That’s something I don’t think I could ever do,’’ she said. ‘‘Send my only girl to another random country to live with people she’d just met. It had to be God that paralyzed Monica Fenty’s emotions so that she’d say, ‘Yes, go.’ To this day, I don’t know how that happened. But thank God it did.’’


The Western Hemisphere before Columbus.


Road Warrior

The hectic life of Gloria Steinem.


The Two Sacagaweas

The construction of a modern American myth.

Sunday, October 11


Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs

Steve Jobs, age 29.

"It’s often the same with any new, revolutionary thing. People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things. It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare."

The Strange Saga of Steve Jobs

The Hollywood backroom machinations that got the biopic to movie screens.


What Would You Do If You Found a Bag of Human Ashes?

The challenge of finding answers about some abandoned cremains.


Can Wolves Bring Back Wilderness?

The history of canis lupus in America, up to the present day.

Saturday, October 10


The Storm Inside Reggie Jackson

He pauses and glances around him. Just about everyone in the place is aware of him now. When he continues, the voice is still under control, but the eyes have become lasers. “I know that some of the press is out to get me. It’s ’cause I’m more intelligent than they are, I handle myself well, I’m wealthy and I’m black—and there ain’t nothin’ they can do about it.” He flashes his joyless smile

A Stage Set for Slaughter

Visiting a cattle market in Karachi, right before the feast of Eid.


Boys in Zinc

Testimonies about the Soviet war in Afghanistan, reported by the 2015 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.