Inside the September/October 2013 Issue Of The Saturday Evening Post

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The Saturday Evening Post is a bi-monthly publication featuring investigative articles and opinion pieces on the most important issues of the day, as well as service journalism, humor, and the best of contemporary fiction. To schedule an interview or request a press copy, please contact Allie Curry at 646-695-7042 or [email protected].

Cover Story: Gary Sinise
Page 50, By Jeanne Wolf
Gary Sinise earned more than an Oscar nod for his role as Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump. In the September/October 2013 issue of the Post, the actor tells contributor Jeanne Wolf how he was transformed by his experience playing a character who finds the courage to come to terms with his disability. Following the role, Sinise’s involvement with Vietnam veterans groups snowballed and he formed the Gary Sinise Foundation to help America’s forgotten heroes. Now, nearly 20 years later, his focus on the cause has only grown stronger.

Post Perspective: Schools in Crisis
Page 42–49, By Emily Bloch, Laurie Weaver and Steven Slon
As children around the country head back to school, the Post examines American schools in crisis. This three-part special report examines American students’ weaknesses in history and critical thinking. First, an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough asks what we can do to teach our students historical literacy. Next, the Post profiles a teacher and Civil War reenacter whose creativity is an inspiration. Finally, Editorial Director Steven Slon discusses how standardized testing has so starved our students of critical thinking abilities that even many students in Ivy League universities “can barely think their way around a corner.”

50 Years Later: Remembering JFK
Page 108, Selected Excerpts from the Post Archives
Following the assassination that stunned the nation on November 22, 1963, The Saturday Evening Post released a special issue paying tribute to the fallen president. Fifty years later, the Post opens the vault to its archives and features excerpts from the issue including a profile in family courage, a hopeful message from Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Norman Rockwell’s iconic portrait of JFK. Additionally, the Post will reprint the JFK commemorative issue in its entirety. For details, readers can call 1-800-558-2376.

Page 54, By Mark Matousek
We have never been more maxed out or deficiently attentive in our nation’s history. Over the past 30 years, self-reported levels of stress have increased 18 percent for women and 25 percent for men. The World Health Organization estimates the yearly cost of stress to American businesses to be as high as $300 billion. Mindfulness—in the form of meditation, yoga, centering prayer and other mind-body practices—is sweeping across our stressed-out nation like a breath of fresh air. The Post tracks the growing mindfulness movement, and offers five steps to achieve a clearer and more balanced mental state.

Inside ‘Hell Week’
Page 58, By Rorke Denver
In the second decade of America’s war on terror, conventional military methods just aren’t getting it done anymore. Sometimes the answer is drones. But more often, commanders look to send in the SEALs. Rorke Denver crashes “Hell Week,” the week of training designed to push Navy SEALs to the edge of physical and mental endurance.

Gorgeous Hudson Valley!
Page 66, By Edward Readicker-Henderson
Travel to the beginnings of American nature tourism and an art revolution, where the lush scenery is nearly as pristine as it was 175 years go. The Post takes in the fall colors 125 miles up the Hudson River from New York, visiting nineteenth-century painter Frederic Church’s home in Olana, the former center of the American art universe.

My Pink Ribbon
Page 62, By David E. Sumner
Most people are not aware that men can and do get breast cancer, yet the American Cancer Society estimates about 2,240 cases of male breast cancer will occur in 2013 and 410 men will die of the disease his year. Contributor David E. Sumner recounts his experience with breast cancer, from discovery to treatment to his successful completion of a half marathon.

Fiction: In the Picture
Page 72, By Richard Rayner
When art dealer Larry Hogarth is approached by a beautiful actress past her prime, he initially refuses to locate a valuable painting he acquired for $5 and sold for a fortune. But the actress brings with her a powerful vision that forces Hogarth to reconsider. Chased by a “fearful creature,” Hogarth scrambles to find the painting.


About The Saturday Evening Post: For nearly 300 years, The Saturday Evening Post has chronicled American history in the making—reflecting the distinctive characteristics and values that define the American way. Today’s Post continues the grand tradition of providing art, entertainment and information in a stimulating mix of idea-driven features, cutting-edge health and medical trends—plus fiction, humor, and laugh-out-loud cartoons. A key feature is the Post Perspective, which brings historical context to current issues and hot topics such as health care, religious freedom, education, and more.

Tracing its roots to Benjamin Franklin, The Saturday Evening Post mirrors cherished American ideals and values, most memorably illustrated by its iconic cover artist Norman Rockwell. The Post is also known for publishing such literary greats as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, J.D. Salinger, and Kurt Vonnegut, and continues to seek out and discover emerging writers of the 21st century.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the Post is a publication of the nonprofit Saturday Evening Post Society, which also publishes the award-winning youth magazines Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill.

“As the nation changed, the Post changed, but it looks to its past as a fertile ground for its future”
—Starkey Flythe, Jr, Former Post Executive Editor