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September/October 2016

Put your world in perspective! The Saturday Evening Post offers its readers a thoroughly American take on vital issues of the day.

Included is the best of unbiased investigative reporting, helpful articles on money, food, and health, plus gems from our extensive archive, and the best of contemporary fiction.

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On the cover: Norman Rockwell’s Dewey v. Truman — first published October 30, 1948 — illustrates the family strife that can invade a household during a contentious election cycle.

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Features

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Bill Murray Wants to Play

By: Gavin Edwards

The Navajo people had the mythological Coyote. The Norse had Loki. Twenty-first-century America has a renowned comedic actor turned philosopher clown ... More

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The Drug Epidemic That Is Killing Our Children

By: Sam Quinones

Parents who’ve lost children to opioid addiction are taking action, channeling their grief into getting the word out. ... More

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Heroin’s Devastation: A 100-Year-Old Problem That Won’t Go Away

By: Post Editors

The Post began reporting on the problems of drug addiction beginning in the 1800s, observing as early as 1872 that it afflicted “all classes of society, from the lady of Fifth Avenue to John Chinaman of Baxter Street.” ... More

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Something Wild: An Adventure in Foraging

By: Andrea Cooper

Online on: October 3, 2016

Foraging for food is as satisfying to the soul as it is to the belly

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Would You Like Weeds with That?

By: Post Editors

Online on: October 4, 2016

In 1964, the Post joined outdoorsman Euell Gibbons as he foraged wild foods for lunch near his farm in Pennsylvania.

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Finders Keepers: Foraging Tips for Beginners

By: Andrea Cooper

Want to pick up some “wild” eating habits? Notable foraging experts offer tips on how to get started. ... More

Find a guide: Before heading into the wild on the hunt for your next meal, seek out a foraging expert who can teach you in a class, on a tour, or one on one. (Catalin Petolea/Shutterstock)

Foraging Classes and Tours

By: Andrea Cooper

Find foraging experts across the U.S. to guide you through a wild food adventure. ... More

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Storm-chasing on Vancouver Island

By: Todd Pitock

Between October and early March, 10 to 15 fierce tempests a month gather and roll across the Pacific, unimpeded by any landmass until they crash on the shores here. For some, this makes for perfect beach weather ... More

Cornfield

Friday Night Fish Fry

By: Austin Smith

Change will inevitably come to the farmers and their families in Pearl City, but not tonight. ... More

Departments

The Argument

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The Problem with Testing

By: Anya Kamenetz

Your child is more than a score. Here’s what one parent and researcher learned about the standardized assessments administered to students, teachers, and schools. ... More

Lighter Side

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Back to School

By: Philip Gulley

There is a grimness to education these days, with legislators daily checking its pulse, scanning for tumors, and examining its entrails ... More

American Pop

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Brevity Now!

By: Cable Neuhaus

Online on: September 27, 2016

Seems every aspect of communication is getting shorter these days

My Word

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A French Connection

By: April Orcutt

I desperately needed to communicate with a lonely child, but we didn’t share a language ... More

Contrarian View

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Take Me Back to a Time Without Smartphones

By: Devra Lee Fishman

Online on: October 31, 2016

Resident curmudgeon Devra Lee Fishman advises vacationers to put down their smartphones and enjoy the view.

Celebrity Profile

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3 Questions for Allison Janney

By: Jeanne Wolf

Online on: October 24, 2016

Offscreen, the actress known for rude, crude characters is painfully shy

New Books

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Top Nonfiction Reads for 2016

By: Jesika St Clair

Amazon.com editors’ nonfiction picks for Post readers. ... More

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Top Fiction Reads for 2016

By: Post Editors

Amazon.com editors’ top picks for Post readers. ... More

Your Health

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5-Minute Fitness: Pilates for Posture

By: Wendy Braun

Strengthen the back of your body to reposition rounded shoulders and ease lower back pain. ... More

Food

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Make-Ahead-Meals

By: Ellie Krieger

Putting home-cooked food on the table just got easier with tips from chef Ellie Krieger ... More

Web Exclusive: Food

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Ellie Krieger’s Asian Shrimp Cakes with Avocado Wasabi Sauce

By: Ellie Krieger

Served as a main course or as a pass-around dish at a party, these panko-crusted shrimp cakes are positively ambrosial. ... More

Backstory

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The Politics of Rage

By: Steven Slon

Online on: October 17, 2016

Voters are angry today. But where does reasonable anger at bad luck or circumstance end and irrational hatred begin?

Web Exclusive: Backstory

Thomas Dewey
Anyone Can Be President — Unless He Has a Mustache

By: Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Online on: September 26, 2016

As the whiskered Thomas Dewey learned in his race against Harry Truman, only the clean-shaven occupy the White House

Art

Undecided, Norman Rockwell, The Saturday Evening Post, November 4, 1944
Cover Gallery: Voting in America

By: Post Editors

Online on: October 26, 2016

Every four years, Post cover artists have another chance to capture the nation’s fascination with presidential politics. Here are some of the best from our archive.

Rockwell Files

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Teacher’s Pets

By: Jeff Nilsson

This cover inspired numerous letters to the editors, including one from Laura R. Jones, of Atlanta, who wrote that she had known a moment just like this. ... More

Vintage Ads

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Puppet Pitchman

By: Post Editors

An upstart medical company took its advertising in a whimsical direction. ... More

The Vault

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The Taming of Liz Taylor

By: Russell Braddon

Online on: March 8, 2017

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton appeared as feuding spouses in 1965’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” A year later, they were back at it, filming “The Taming of the Shrew.” Frequently, their quarreling spilled over into real life.