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January/February 2018

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Features

Crashed plane

Heroes of Vietnam: Shot Down in V.C. Territory

By: Richard Armstrong

Online on: January 2, 2018

When Maj. “Jump” Myers’ plane crashed in flames, there was no chance of rescue – yet Bernie Fisher defied the odds and brought him out alive.  More

Cowboy herding buffalo

Thundering Herd: The Great Bison Round-Up of Custer State Park

By: Mark Orwoll

Online on: December 21, 2017

The annual bison roundup in South Dakota’s Custer State Park is an ongoing environmental success story — and the thrill of a lifetime.  More

Farallon Islands

Oceans on the Edge

By: Michael Shapiro

Online on: January 16, 2018

By now we know the oceans are not too big to fail, but there’s still time to save the planet’s liquid life-support system.  More

Can Software Replace Human Intuition?

By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Online on: December 21, 2017

Sometimes our gut can be dead wrong, while the best data science is surprisingly intuitive, often changing the way we view the world.  More

Norman Rockwell signing autographs

Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

By: Patrick Perry

Online on: January 5, 2018

75 years ago, the painter transformed abstract ideas into concrete images that helped galvanize a nation.  More

The Four Freedoms Essays

By: Post Editors

Online on: December 21, 2017

Inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech, Norman Rockwell painted four images depicting those freedoms. These paintings went on to inspire all of America during World War II and beyond.  More

People dancing in a club

Open Season at the Café Rumba

By: Julia Rocchi

Online on: December 29, 2017

A divorcée steps outside her comfort zone and onto the dance floor for some sultry salsa and personal discoveries.  More

Julia Rocchi

Meet the 2018 Great American Fiction Contest Prize Winners

By: Post Editors

Online on: December 21, 2017

Meet Julia Rocchi, winner of the 2018 Great American Fiction Contest for her short story “Open Season at the Café Rumba,” as well as the contest’s five runners-up.  More

Departments

The Argument

Funeral
Let’s Keep the Funeral Tradition Alive

By: Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

Trendy alternatives to this rite of passage are nice to think about, but they fail to satisfy our basic emotional needs.  More

American Pop

Fortune teller
Can Anyone Really Predict Pop Culture Hits?

By: Cable Neuhaus

Self-proclaimed trendspotters are paid a fortune to anticipate future consumer tastes. But how good are they?  More

Lighter Side

Woodfire
My Wood Stove

By: Philip Gulley

Philip Gulley admits he hasn’t yet discerned whether he owns the stove or it owns him.  More

My Word

The Fallibility of Memory

By: Peter Bloch

Even being absolutely certain that you know something does not mean it is, in fact, true.  More

Movies

Movie still
Movies to Watch Over the Holiday Break

By: Bill Newcott

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

The Logophile

Blocks that spell "Grammar"
Logophile Language Puzzlers: Stolen Tunes and Dirty Spoons

By: Andy Hollandbeck

Are you a virtuoso of vocabulary? A nerd with words? Then test yourself and make your 9th grade English teacher proud.  More

3 Questions

Sam Elliot
3 Questions for Sam Elliott

By: Jeanne Wolf

The man with the world’s most recognizable Texas drawl reflects on sex appeal and positive thinking.  More

Tech

Ship
Get the Most from Your Cruise with These 4 Apps

By: Abby Lewis

These four free apps are perfect for those in need of vitamin “sea.”  More

Contrariwise

Socks
Stench Warfare: When Is It Okay to Take Off Your Shoes?

By: Ken Budd

Our favorite curmudgeons take aim at sacred cows.  More

5-Minute Fitness

Man doing Tai Chi
5-Minute Fitness: Ultimate Poise with Tai Chi

By: Post Editors

Build balance and strengthen your lower body with continuous breathing and flowing motion.  More

Special Report

Regis and Joy Philbin
Regis on Heart Health

By: Patrick Perry

The legendary talk show host and his wife, Joy, talk to the Post about heart health, the Take Cholesterol to Heart campaign, and “Is that your final answer?”  More

Food

Soup
Curtis Stone’s Comfort Zone: Perfect Winter Pasta Dishes

By: Curtis Stone

In the chilly depths of winter, cozy up to the celebrity chef’s hearty pasta ideas that’ll warm you from the inside out.  More

Healthy Eating

Food
Curtis Stone’s Winter Pasta Recipes

By: Curtis Stone

These healthy recipes for turkey and mushroom Bolognese and farfalle with chickpeas, baby kale, and dates will leave you satisfied.  More

Inspiration

Clarissa Black and her dog Bear
Paws and Effect: Matching Veterans with Shelter Dogs

By: Ken Budd

An unusual nonprofit matches shelter animals with veterans suffering from PTSD, frequently saving two lives at the same time.  More

Backstory

Teenagers
A Brief History of Teenagers

By: Derek Thompson

Humans have been turning 13 for tens of thousands of years, but only recently did it occur to anybody that the bridge between childhood and adulthood deserved its own name.  More

The Vault

Gems from our Archive

60 Years Ago

Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball: The Making of a Comic

By: Pete Martin

Lucille Ball revealed the real-life story behind the astonishing success of “I Love Lucy” and what it was like to be the nation’s best known expectant mother.  More

We Said It Here First

Pollution
We Said It Here First: The Full Impact of Pollution

By: Ben Bagdikian

The prosperity of the 1950s came with a price.  More

Vintage Advertisement

Mr Peanut
Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Peanut

By: Post Editors

Happy Birthday to a Higher Class Nut.  More

The More Things Change

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa on Why You Can’t Stand Your Kids’ Music

By: Post Editors

Frank Zappa, leader of The Mothers of Invention rock group, doubled as a business consultant, 1968 style.  More

Did We Say That?

Man
“A Plan to Abolish the Kitchen”

By: Robert Ellis Thompson

Women, said the 1900 Post editors, had no place in the modern kitchen.  More

The Post Goes to War

Patton
Patton Addresses the Troops

By: Post Editors

In a series of articles, the Post introduced Americans to the generals who were leading their boys into battle.  More

Predictions

Pills
A Doctor Rethinks Medicare

By: Post Editors

Most doctors opposed Medicare when it was first proposed. But some doctors changed their minds after the program’s first year.  More

Freeze Frame

People bowling
Strikes and Spares

By: Post Editors

A snapshot of the American bowling alley, 50 years ago.  More