"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.
"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.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.