I've listened to articles on the same subject from both Science News (SN) and Scientific American (SA)from Audio Books. My experience is that articles come out a month or two earlier on SA, and in greater depth than SN articles. On the other hand SN covers a greater breadth of subjects. If you've ever read a paper SA magazine you know how integral the pictures, illustrations and graphs are for conveying the full content of an article. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the audio version of SA doesn't acknowledge they even exist. The SN articles are at the right level of detail for the audio format.
Scientific America Mind is always a good magazine.
The feature article, argues that humans lie all the time, at all different levels, that we're wired to lie, and that it's advantageous to lie. The core argument would seem to be that lying bridges the gap between societies needs and individual needs, which are assumed to be fundamentally in conflict. There would seem to be some scientific support for this idea among other primates.
The whole thing feels very Maoist.
I suspect that there are environments and cultures where this is truer than in others. I suspect that the more oppressive an environment, be it a bad employer or a totalitarian government, the more lying is necessary, adaptive, and even a sign of political intelligence. But I also suspect that the less oppressive an environment the more being able to tell the truth is necessary, adaptive, and a sign of emotional intelligence. Current scientific thought, perhaps as a reflection of current American culture, seems to have swung in the direction of "Lying is good".