Watch Out for the Better Mother

Sometimes, particularly in a public parenting setting, I will play the Better Mother. This is the mother who stands attentively…


The Part of the Kristi Noem Saga That I Can’t Shake

Americans like feeling as though they know their political leaders personally. And yet I think many of us now feel…


I Asked South Dakota Dog Trainers About Kristi Noem

The governor defends her story of killing her dog, but not everyone in her home state does.


Orangutan, Heal Thyself

For the first time, scientists observed a primate in the wild treating a wound with a plant that has medicinal…


Can I Ask My Mother-in-Law Who My Wife’s Biological Father Is?

Although his wife has long maintained that she doesn’t want to know the identity of her birth father, a reader…


I’m Pregnant, and My Husband Says We Can’t Tell Anyone About the Donor Egg

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to honor a spouse’s seemingly irrational request about privacy and assisted reproduction.


Getting Dressed for the ‘Muslim Met Gala’

Hasan Minhaj and Ramy Youssef joined hundreds of Muslims dressed to the nines at a morning prayer gathering for the…


Should I Confront Our Former Minister Over His Plagiarized Sermons?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on grace, intellectual property, and pastorly accountability.


We Owe It to Nex Benedict to Do Better by Bullied Teens

There’s much we don’t know about why Nex Benedict, a nonbinary teenager in Owasso, Okla., died a day after a…


The Deadly Business of Restricting Immigration

In “Brought Forth on This Continent” and “The Last Ships From Hamburg,” people fleeing violence and famine meet resistance in…

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