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In this issue:

COMMENT
"What's the Big Idea?" by Dorothy Wickenden: The Obama puzzle.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Space Dirt" by Ben McGrath: Building robots for Mars exploration in an unlikely place.
"Second Act" by Rebecca Mead: An unlikely ambassador from Africa.

ANNALS OF RELIGION
"The New Evangelicals" by Frances FitzGerald: A growing challenge to the religious right.

ANNALS OF MEDICINE
"The Itch" by Atul Gawande: A new science of scratching.

ON TELEVISION
"Working Girl" by Nancy Franklin: A British take on the world's oldest profession.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Big Kills" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Wanted and The Happening.

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