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- On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Groundhog Day, James Parker recognizes the beloved Bill Murray comedy for what it is: a profound work of contemporary metaphysics.
- Wayne Curtis explores the drama (and danger) of the flaming cocktail.
- Christopher Orr charts the slow decline of the romantic comedy.
- Plus, book reviews and criticism from Benjamin Schwarz
The Feature "Well":
- The Robot Will See You Now: IBM's Watson—the same machine that beat Ken Jennings on Jeopardy—is now churning through case histories at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so many other industries. In the cover story, Jonathan Cohn asks: Are doctors necessary? And just how far might the automation of medicine go?
- How to Stop the Bullies: The angst and ire of teenagers is finding new, sometimes dangerous expressions online—precipitating threats, fights, and a scourge of harassment that parents and schools feel powerless to stop. In fresh reporting for The Atlantic, Emily Bazelon has the inside story of how experts at Facebook, computer scientists at MIT, and even members of the hacker collective Anonymous are hunting for solutions to an increasingly tricky—and dangerous—problem.
- Digital exclusive: Bazelon discusses online bullying with Atlantic Digital editor Bob Cohn.
- Anthropology Inc.: Forget online surveys and dinnertime robo-calls. As Graeme Wood reports, 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.
- The Hanging: The body of William Sparkman Jr., a 51-year-old census worker, was found in 2009 in an isolated cemetery in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. He was hanging naked from a tree, hands bound, the word FED scrawled in black marker across his chest. Sparkman's death made headlines: to some, it seemed to implicate our polarized politics; to others, a region long known for its insularity. And then the case disappeared from national view. Here, Rich Schapiro uncovers the story of what really happened to Bill Sparkman, a complex man few people truly knew.
The Big Question:
What day most changed the course of history? Director Oliver Stone, comedian W. Kamau Bell, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and others weigh in.