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September/October 2018




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Features

Polar bear in a grassy, flowery field.

Getting Up Close with Polar Bears — While We Still Can

By: Jennifer Allford

Online on: August 28, 2018

Polar bears can be like “grizzly bears on Valium,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a bad day.  More

A cowbell

Music of Angels

By: John M. Floyd

Online on: September 7, 2018

A chance encounter leads to a rekindled romance.  More

The exterior of the Ace Hotel

How Millennials Are Preserving Our Communities

By: Post Editors

Online on: September 18, 2018

An emerging generation of history lovers in their 20s and 30s is creatively using new tactics to save old buildings and revitalize their cities.  More

Jimmy Carter

Reassessing Jimmy Carter

By: Stuart E. Eizenstat

Online on: October 1, 2018

Forty years after the historic Camp David Accords, a top Carter advisor argues it’s time we honor the man who made America a better and more secure nation.

People wear surgical masks as they board a street car during the flu pandemic

The 1918 Flu Pandemic

By: Laura Spinney

Online on: October 2, 2018

How mass death changed how we think about disease and the government's role in treating it.

U.S. soldiers wearing surgical masks.

The Flu Trappers

By: Post Editors

Online on: September 3, 2018

In this excerpt from our archives, science writer Dr. Paul de Kruif writes about his experience with “the greatest pestilence of our time” and the devastation left in its wake.

3-D computer models of the flu virus

Building a Better Shot: Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci

By: Patrick Perry

Online on: October 4, 2018

Researchers are closing in on a universal vaccine that will offer better and broader protection against both seasonal and pandemic influenza.

Departments

The Argument

Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

By: Barbara Ehrenreich

Award-winning author Barbara Ehrenreich explores the sad irony of the “healthy aging” movement and the confusing, contradictory, and profitable industry that has sprung up around it.  More

American Pop

The inside of a gas station convenience store.
Fill ’Er Up? Modern Gas Stations Have No Soul

By: Cable Neuhaus

Gas stations aren’t terribly interested in selling gas these days.  More

Contrariwise

Woman with headphones listening to music on her phone.
Pop Music Is Better Than Ever!

By: Nicholas Gilmore

Pop music today might be cloying and formulaic, but that’s always been the case.  More

Special Report

Sandra Lee
My Breast Cancer: An Intimate Conversation with Sandra Lee

By: Jeanne Wolf

TV chef and author Sandra Lee shares her journey of battling cancer in hopes that others in similar straits can find solace in her story.  More

Travel

A treehouse
Treehouse Hotels Offer Luxurious Arboreal Escapes

By: Stephanie Citron

Thoreau went to the woods to live deliberately. You can go to the woods to live luxuriously in these treehouse hotels.  More

New Movies

Gilda Radner in character
Seriously Good Fall Films

By: Bill Newcott

Noted film critic Bill Newcott, creator of AARP’s “Movies for Grownups,” offers his picks for the best upcoming movies.  More

My Life

A mult-colored cloud emits from a person's head, signifying mind and thought
A Bomb in the Brain: Surviving a Subdural Hematoma

By: Tim Page

Only after they removed the clot did I realize what kind of danger I’d been in.  More

You Be the Judge

A gavel rests on an Apple keyboard.
You Be the Judge: Who Got (Your) Mail?

By: Joan SerVaas

How would you rule?  More

Everyday Heroes

Closeup of Dr. Tammy Neblock-Beirne's face as she is performing surgery.
Selfless Surgeon

By: Ken Budd

Online on: September 25, 2018

Meet a doctor who travels the world to help those in need.

Interview

3-D computer models of the flu virus
Building a Better Shot: Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci

By: Patrick Perry

Online on: October 4, 2018

Researchers are closing in on a universal vaccine that will offer better and broader protection against both seasonal and pandemic influenza.

Healthy Eating

Bowl of fettuccine
Delicious Dishes of the Autumn Harvest

By: Curtis Stone

Online on: October 9, 2018

Make the most of the autumn harvest with hearty and healthy recipes from the best-selling author.

3 Questions

Billy Bob Thornton
3 Questions with Billy Bob Thornton

By: Jeanne Wolf

Online on: October 11, 2018

Still dreaming after all these years.

Post-Its

Book with the letters 'A', 'B', 'C' written on its pages.
The Logophile

By: Andy Hollandbeck

Online on: October 16, 2018

How good is your grammar knowledge?

Halloween

Man being scared by a child holding a Jack O'Lantern
When Halloween Mischief Turned to Mayhem

By: Lesley Bannatyne

Online on: October 30, 2018

Nineteenth-century urbanization unleashed the nation’s anarchic spirits.

The Vault

Gems from our Archive

World War I

War Planes
A New Threat: Civilians at Risk in World War I

By: George Pattullo

In World War I, for the first time in history, even those civilians far from the battlefield faced grave danger from aerial bombardment. The Post asked readers to imagine what a future war on American soil might be like.  More

50 Years Ago

Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal: A Star is Reborn

By: Post Editors

In a 1968 interview, actress Patricia Neal describes her recovery from a harrowing medical ordeal.  More

World War I

WWI-era American soldier writing a letter by a campfire
Censoring Letters from the Front

By: Post Editors

Online on: August 20, 2018

Orders to self-censor inspired one U.S. doughboy to write satire.

The Daily Grind

Maids being trained
“So You Can’t Keep a Maid!”

By: Post Editors

Online on: October 17, 2018

A former maid tells the other side of the story.

The Rockwell Files

Chicago Cub player standing in the dugout awaiting his turn at bat while the audience jeers him.
Rockwell Files: Rubbing It In

By: Jeff Nilsson

Online on: October 23, 2018

The story behind one of baseball’s most iconic paintings.