Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. His personal site is

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.

The Future of College?

A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right? 

My Hyperinflation Vacation

A trip to the Iranian resort island of Kish illuminates the pressures, limits, and strange consequences of economic sanctions.

Anthropology Inc.

Forget online surveys and dinnertime robo-calls. A consulting firm called ReD is at the forefront of a new trend in market research, treating the everyday lives of consumers as a subject worthy of social-science scrutiny. On behalf of its corporate clients, ReD will uncover your deepest needs, fears, and desires.

Fawzia Koofi

Member of Parliament, Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, it is sometimes tough to tell the…

My Atomic Holiday

Way out in the desert, at the Nevada Test Site, a certain sort of traveler can confront strange traces of catastrophe (and tomfoolery).


A close encounter with the sport’s most authentic madman

Freed Press

Our correspondent teaches Libya’s budding reporters the ABC’s of ethics and objectivity—with mixed results.

Terrence Malick

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Wael Ghonim

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In Cairo, Two Faces of Tahrir

Last night, the city saw two autonomous sets of protesters: one dark, violent, and uncertain; the other light, peaceful, and committed

Running the Asylum

A schizophrenic tries to save the mentally ill in Pakistan, a land gone mad.

Surveying the Super Rich

The questionnaire that 165 households answered for a Boston College study on the secret fears…

Secret Fears of the Super-Rich

Does great wealth bring fulfillment? An ambitious study by Boston College suggests not. For the first time, researchers prompted the very rich—people with fortunes in excess of $25 million—to speak candidly about their lives. The result is a surprising litany of anxieties: their sense of isolation, their worries about work and love, and most of all, their fears for their children.