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Letter: Free Speech for All Is Still Our Mission

The ACLU Has Lost Its Way“The ACLU now seems largely unable or unwilling to uphold its core values,” wrote Lara Bazelon earlier this month, arguing that the civil-liberties organization has neglected its central purpose of defending freedom of speech without partisanship in favor of a broad embrace of progressive causes.Lara Bazelon accuses the American Civil Liberties Union of having lost its way. We have not.

The Atlantic Expands Books Coverage and Announces an Imprint With Independent Publisher Zando

The Atlantic, a literary destination since its founding 165 years ago as a magazine of “Literature, Art, and Politics,” is today unveiling a dramatically expanded Books section devoted to essays, criticism, reporting, original fiction, poetry, and book recommendations, and announcing a first-of-its-kind book imprint called Atlantic Editions in partnership with the independent publisher Zando.

The Atlantic’s June Cover Story: “Chasing Joan Didion”

Last fall, having heard that Joan Didion’s health was in decline, The Atlantic’s staff writer Caitlin Flanagan got in her car and started driving across California. “I wanted to feel close to the girl who came from Nowhere, California (have you ever been to Sacramento?), and blasted herself into the center of everything.

Open Now: A Forest for the Trees

A forest grows in downtown Los Angeles. Opening today with a limited run through summer 2022, A Forest for the Trees is an immersive art show created and directed by visionary artist Glenn Kaino, together with The Atlantic and Superblue, that is designed to inspire audiences to reimagine their relationship with the natural world.A Forest for the Trees is open to all ages, and tickets are on sale now. Press should inquire about opportunities to tour the show.

New Podcast How to Start Over with Olga Khazan––Launching May 30

The Atlantic is following the launch of its How to Build a Happy Life podcast, hosted by the renowned social scientist Arthur C. Brooks, with a second season about navigating the challenges of changing your life. In How to Start Over, Atlantic staff writer Olga Khazan analyzes what it takes to change our relationships, our work, and our perspective—with a practical approach to one of life’s greatest mysteries: how to reinvent ourselves.

The Atlantic’s Jennifer Senior Wins 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing

The Atlantic staff writer Jennifer Senior has won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. She was awarded journalism’s top honor for her remarkable September 2021 cover story, “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind,” which looked at one family’s heartbreaking loss in the 9/11 attacks and their struggle to move on. This is The Atlantic’s second Pulitzer Prize, following Ed Yong’s 2021 Pulitzer for his reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.

The Road to Moldova

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How to Make Sense of Russia’s War on Ukraine Right Now

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The Future of Ukraine

Listen and subscribe to Radio Atlantic: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher After years of threats, Russian forces invaded Ukraine—culminating in the largest attack against one European state by another since the Second World War. Global leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, widely condemned Russia’s actions and announced unprecedented sanctions aimed at a number of the country’s financial institutions and the Russian elite.

Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy: Announcing Summit From the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and The Atlantic

With democracies across the globe under assault, and as the world turns its attention to Russia’s war on Ukraine, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and The Atlantic announced today that they will jointly host Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy, a three-day conference exploring the organized spread of disinformation and strategies to respond to it.

Announcing Maria Ressa as an Atlantic Contributing Writer

As The Atlantic continues its editorial focus on exposing the crisis facing democracy and the rise of global authoritarianism, today the editors announced that the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Maria Ressa is joining the magazine as a contributing writer. Read more in a note to staff from editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, executive editor Adrienne LaFrance, and editorial director Denise Wills.

Jerusalem Demsas Joins The Atlantic as a Staff Writer

Jerusalem Demsas will join The Atlantic’s editorial staff next month, when she will become a staff writer. Jerusalem is currently at Vox, where she has written extensively on America’s housing crisis and co-hosts The Weeds podcast.“Jerusalem is a force. She is extremely smart, creative, curious, and naturally drawn to counterintuitive ideas and arguments.

Laura Bennett to Join The Atlantic as a Senior Editor

Laura Bennett is joining the staff of The Atlantic later this month, where she will be a senior editor focusing on The Atlantic’s most ambitious feature writing. She is currently Slate’s editorial director, and was previously the culture editor at Salon and a staff writer for The New Republic.“Laura is an immensely talented and creative editor, with an infectious enthusiasm for magazine journalism.

Elaina Plott Rejoining The Atlantic as a Staff Writer

National political reporter Elaina Plott, who covered the Trump presidency for The Atlantic in 2018 and 2019, is rejoining The Atlantic. Elaina will become a staff writer this summer; she currently covers politics in Washington for The New York Times.“Elaina is one of the finest young magazine journalists in America. We are delighted to welcome her back to The Atlantic,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s editor in chief.

In Pursuit of Happiness: The Atlantic Releases March Issue and Announces Spring Event on Building a More Meaningful Life

In a moment when happiness has felt elusive for many, The Atlantic is giving readers the framework to orient themselves toward joy and build a more meaningful life with its March issue, themed “How to Find Happiness,” and the launch of an immersive, two-and-a-half-day event to be held this spring. The event, titled In Pursuit of Happiness, will be held from May 1-3 in Half Moon Bay, California. Ticketing is now open for a limited in-person audience.

Atlantic Brand Partners Releases “Forces of Influence”

Today Atlantic Brand Partners, The Atlantic’s business services group, is releasing Forces of Influence 2.0, a study into how ongoing cultural unpredictability is affecting consumer perspectives. Most surprising for business leaders: despite industry-wide emphasis to address individual consumer needs, there is still a vast gulf between what consumers expect from brands and their perceived realities.

Famous People, by Kaitlyn Tiffany and Lizzie Plaugic, a Newsletter Starring Nobody Famous, Comes to The Atlantic

The Atlantic is launching Famous People, a newsletter by staff writer Kaitlyn Tiffany and writer and creative strategist Lizzie Plaugic. Kaitlyn and Lizzie recap the small parties, dinners, and events they attend with each other and their friends––and nobody famous.Starting today, readers can sign up and read the first edition, where Kaitlyn follows Martha Stewart’s instructions to create a “Russian Buffet for Twenty-Four” from her 1982 book, Entertaining.

Gal Beckerman, Maya Chung, and Emma Sarappo Join The Atlantic as Editors, Kicking Off Books Expansion

The Atlantic is welcoming three new editors to the Culture team as it begins an expansion of Books coverage. Joining The Atlantic are Gal Beckerman as senior editor for Books, coming from The New York Times Book Review; Maya Chung as an associate editor, most recently with The New York Review of Books; and Emma Sarappo as an associate editor, previously the arts editor at Washington City Paper.

Claudine Ebeid Joins The Atlantic as Executive Producer of Audio, Andrea Valdez Named a Managing Editor

Claudine Ebeid, who has spent her career shaping some of the most influential audio journalism and narrative podcasts, is coming to The Atlantic to lead audio as executive producer. The Atlantic is also announcing that Andrea Valdez is taking on a new role as a managing editor in the newsroom, having first joined the company earlier this year as senior vice president of audience strategy.

The Atlantic’s 2021 “Report on Diversity & Inclusion”

The Atlantic has released its 2021 “Report on Diversity & Inclusion,” an annual report showing gender and race metrics across the company. The data represent the composition of The Atlantic’s staff as of June 30, 2021, which was the baseline date established with last year’s report. We will continue to run and release this report annually.

The Atlantic Promotes Krystle Champagne-Norwood to Executive Producer of Events Division AtlanticLIVE

The Atlantic is announcing the promotion of Krystle Champagne-Norwood to executive producer of AtlanticLIVE. As the editorial leader of the LIVE team, Champagne-Norwood will develop the editorial vision for The Atlantic’s events and will find new avenues for journalistic expression through this work. She has been with The Atlantic since 2019 and in that time has shaped dozens of its most high-profile events, including the recently completed Atlantic Festival.

‘The Men Who Are Killing America’s Newspapers’

Many people assume that local newspapers are dying because they haven’t been able to create a sustainable business model for the digital age, now that Facebook and Google command the advertising space. But that’s only part of the story.

How to Know You’re Lonely

Listen and subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThe irony in loneliness is that we all share in the experience of it. In this episode of How to Build a Happy Life, we sit down to discuss isolated living and Americans’ collective struggle to create a relationship-centric life. As we continue along our journey to happiness, we ask: How can I build my life around people?This episode features Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general.

Ted Lasso and the Limits of American Optimism

Listen & subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Pocket CastsIn the first episode of The Review, our Culture staff writers David Sims, Megan Garber, and Sophie Gilbert discuss the unlikely hit that is Ted Lasso. Its Emmy-winning first season—and its smart writing and heartwarming positivity—connected with pandemic audiences.

How to Be Self-Aware

Only when we admit we have a problem can we begin to find solutions. In the first episode of How to Build a Happy Life, we explore the neuroscience of emotional management, practices that help us befriend our inner monologue, and challenges to getting in touch with our feelings. Our journey to happier living starts with the question: How do I feel right now?This episode features Dan Harris, former ABC News anchor, meditation expert and founder of Ten Percent Happier.

Full Lineup Announced for The Atlantic Festival’s Ideas StageHappening Live September 27–30 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Atlantic Festival kicks off today for an expanded seven days of must-attend experiences and conversations on September 22–24 and 27–30––with virtual events happening from Washington, D.C., and streamed to subscribers and audiences around the world.The full schedule has been released for next week’s Ideas Stage, happening September 27–30 from 2 to 4 p.m. ET each day, where The Atlantic will interview some of the country’s most influential voices.