Sailboats on the open sea

March/April 2017

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On the cover: Christopher Blossom’s Ah, Your Majesty, There is No Second. © Christopher Blossom

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Features

Long Live the Landline

By: Ron Carlson

Once, the land line telephone was our primary link to the outside world, and between calls (which was most of the time), we were blissfully alone.  More

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Master of the Seascape Christopher Blossom

By: Todd Wilkinson

Third-generation artist Christopher Blossom is regarded as one of the greatest nautical painters of our time.  More

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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Algorithms Can Ruin Your Life

By: Cathy O'Neil

Online on: April 3, 2017

After 2008, it was all too clear that the housing crisis, the collapse of major financial institutions, and the rise of unemployment had been aided and abetted by mathematicians wielding magic formulas.

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Managing the Hunger Mood

By: Michael Graziano

Online on: April 12, 2017

How I lost 50 pounds in a few months without counting calories or relying on willpower.

The Northern Lights in Alaska

The Magic of Wild Alaska

By: Steven Slon

Grizzlies, glaciers, and grandeur: experience the magic and wonder of this great northern land.  More

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Before I Go

By: Linda McCullough Moore

Online on: March 24, 2017

Linda McCullough Moore writes of the complicated relationship between two siblings.

Departments

What I Learned From My Home-Genome-Test Kit

By: Cable Neuhaus

How much can those DNA-sequencing kits really tell you?  More

A sad emoji traced on a snow-covered car window
Why March Is the Worst

By: Philip Gulley

Not much good can be said about a month that is cold and gloomy, with mud, gray skies, rain down the neck, slush over the tops of shoes.  More

Vietnamese refugees walking ashore
Escape from Vietnam: A Refugee‘s Story of the American Dream

By: Kim Luu

Online on: April 10, 2017

Kim Luu writes that for her extended family, achieving the American dream required pluck and resilience, but there was also help in the form of food stamps and government cheese.

Top 10 Spring Reads

By: Amazon.com Editors

Every month, Amazon staffers sift through hundreds of new books searching for gems. Here’s what Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose especially for Post readers this spring.  More

Leslie Stahl
3 Questions for Lesley Stahl, Gutsy Grandma

By: Jeanne Wolf

In writing a book about her personal life, Lesley Stahl faced her greatest challenge.  More

Wilt Chamberlain
Celebrity Encounters: Wilt Chamberlain

By: Matty Simmons

Online on: March 31, 2017

Matty Simmons shares a great story about betting with Wilt “the stilt” Chamberlain.

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Contrariwise*: Dirt is good for you

By: Jorge Jetsohn

Our obsession with cleanliness just might be our undoing.  More

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Chef Curtis Stone’s Spring Fling

By: Curtis Stone

Online on: April 19, 2017

The Post’s new food columnist and award-winning chef puts the season’s best produce to good use.

St. Pat Parade
How America Invented St. Patrick’s Day

By: Mike Cronin

Until recently, the grand celebration we are so familiar with had little to do with Ireland.  More

Susan Hayward
Ferocious Susan Hayward Hits Back at Hollywood

By: Dean Jennings

Movie star Susan Hayward managed her career with “her fists up,” and didn’t let multiple arrests, bad screen tests, or directors’ nasty comments stand in her way.  More

A woman holder her dying parent's hand
We Should Let the Dying Die

By: Paul Moor

Online on: April 5, 2017

Fifty years ago, medicine was already doing too good a job of keeping terminally ill patients alive.

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Vintage Advertising: Bicycle Cards Are Named For a Craze

By: Post Editors

Online on: April 24, 2017

How did Bicycle brand playing cards get their name?

A human eye on a flat screen computer monitor, representing 1984's Big Brother
Making the Case for ‘Big Brother’

By: Post Editors

Online on: April 27, 2017

When Americans became concerned about FBI eavesdropping on private citizens, the editors of the Post dismissed such fears as paranoia.

Post cover from September 29, 1917. By Neysa McMein.
Is the Working Class Getting Soft?

By: Post Editors

Online on: March 27, 2017

A booming economy had business leaders fretting that employees were living in luxury and the country was growing soft and spoiled.

Realizing the Dream of Citizenship

By: Post Editors

Immigrants, many of them refugees from a world divided by the Cold War, take the oath of American citizenship in 1955.  More