The Atlantic

234 articles

The False Promise of DNA Testing

Once viewed as a forensic “silver bullet,” DNA evidence is coming under fire.


The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

“Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.”


The Hell After ISIS

As ISIS retreats, new horrors emerge for a Sunni family.


In the Land of Missing Persons

Alaska brims with stories of people who vanish and are given up for dead. Once in a while, the dead return.


The Obama Doctrine

How the president thinks about America’s role in the world.


Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?

How a cartel invented and marketed the modern diamond.


Oscar Night in Hollywood

As early as 1948, the Oscars sucked.


Death of a Pig

On the grief that comes with losing livestock.


The Diplomat and the Killer

In 1980, four American nuns were murdered in El Salvador. This is the story of how a young American official stationed there singlehandedly found the culprits.

Excerpted from Weakness and Deceit: America and El Salvador's Dirty War


The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

On the battle between Google, Apple, Uber, and Tesla to own the driverless car market, which could be worth more than $30 billion a year.


The Silicon Valley Suicides

Why are so many teenagers killing themselves in Palo Alto?

Hanna Rosin on the Longform Podcast

A Sea Story

The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 lost their lives. The ones who survived acted quickly and remained calm.