Mario Vargas Lllosa on culture and democracy

The Storyteller

An Interview with Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Nobel Prize-winning novelist spoke with us about how the erosion of culture means the erosion of political liberty.

Going Viral

How phages can save the world from superbugs

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Phages are the latest weapon (and may be our last hope) in our fight against superbugs, argues a prominent epidemiologist in her new book The Perfect Predator.

Impostor Syndrome

Hany Farid on How to Fight the Threat of Deepfakes

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The world's leading expert on digital forensics explains where deepfakes come from and how we can defeat them.

  Tim Marshall on flags, maps, and border walls

Grand Old Flag

An Interview with Tim Marshall

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The politics of flags are an integral part of the world. A journalist and historian explains.

  Jan-Werner Müller on populism, democracy, and Trump

Mobocracy

An Interview with Jan-Werner Müller

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This Princeton professor quite literally wrote the book on modern populism. We spoke with him about the real menace this political phenomenon presents.

  Harold Trinkunas on Maduro, Chávez, and Venezuela

Weakest Strongman

An Interview with Harold Trinkunas

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Venezuela's president faces an unprecedented crisis.

New World Order

Richard Schifter on how to solve the U.N. paradox

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A veteran diplomat's ideas on what we can do to change the anti-U.S. culture at the U.N.

Original Sin

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Corruption: it’s everywhere. An excellent new history of the subject helps explain why.

  Morse Featured

Slippery Slope

An Interview with Edward Morse

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The global head of commodities research at Citigroup, explains why he does not see oil's doldrums changing and where opportunity remains to be found.

Power Play

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Lithium powers the tech-saturated life we all lead. The future of innovation depends on it.