Inside the September/October 2012 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post

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Cover Story: America’s Painful Divide
Page 34, By Jonathan Haidt
American politics are divided—but are we polarized to the point of no return? In this feature, the Post contributor and acclaimed social psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt analyzes why we’ve reached a stage where we not only disagree with the views held by those on the other side, but we demonize those who hold those views. Are we really so different? Haidt and other experts offer ideas for healing America’s deepening rift.

Why Americans Love Gangsters
Page 38, By Lewis Beale
With the newest mob movie, Gangster Squad, opening later this year, the Post takes a look at this classic genre and explores why Americans enjoy wallowing in the anti-social behavior of some of the country’s most notorious criminals. Gangster films have been around since the beginning of movies, subtly taking on the issues of the day. Over the years, they’ve morphed from stylized Depression-era tales of social consciousness and reform to today’s stories of rugged individualism and the timeless (and all-American) ideal of having the right (and the guts) to live life on one’s own terms.

Post Perspective: America’s Healthcare Mess
Page 44, By Frederick Allen
Americans spend more money per patient on healthcare than any other country, yet we are less healthy by far. A healthcare system that began as a way to entice employees during World War II (during an era of wage freezes) ultimately evolved into one that pits doctors against insurers against patients. The Post examines how things went wrong, why current reforms aren’t adequate, and explores novel ideas for fixing the healthcare mess.

My Mother’s Quilt
Page 48, By Joyce Carol Oates
In this reflection from celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates, the author shares the memories of her mother as evoked by a quilt given to Oates over three decades earlier.

Bank Fees Gone Wild!
Page 50, By Sid Kirchheimer
Last year American banks, frustrated by legislation that hampered their earning power, started charging fees for previously free transactions. The Post describes how to spot and avoid the newest, most insidious, most hidden banking charges.

Ireland’s Follies
Page 57, By Sally Shivnan
The Irish “Follies,” as they’re known, have no purpose whatsoever. Built between 100 and 200 years ago, follies are odd, whimsical structures commissioned by landed gentry in the Irish countryside purely for their decorative nature. As you take a tour of these intentionally pointless buildings, along the way, you begin to understand both the quirky Irish personality—and also the deep class bitterness which, after all these years, has never quite gone away.

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.

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