Happy New Year! On this next 365-day journey, may you explore the Plains of Magazines Discovery, plunge to the depths of Long-Reads Ocean, and find solace on the familiar trails through Favorite Magazine Mountains.
This week: the magazinist view of current events, brilliant ideas to start your new year off right, and the return of one of our favorite categories—Phototastic.
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Next Issue Picks
Hunting the Ghost
She’s a genius at finding people trying to stay lost. But she had never gone after anyone like Ryan Eugene Mullen. Meet Michelle Gomez, one of the best skip tracers in the world.
Travel Trends 2014
What’s on the horizon for 2014? Better airports and updated planes; websites that get you closer to the action (or into trouble); and a greater emphasis on doing it yourself, from bag-tagging to brown-bagging it. Here’s this year’s travel forecast.
The Trials and Torments of Space School
A new category of space traveler is headed beyond the stratosphere. Not the combat pilots and astrophysicists who train for at least two years, but the rest of us, with our carry-on bags, our iPads, and our motion sickness. Folks. Citizens. Regular people.
25 All-Time Favorite Test Kitchen Recipes
From hundreds of nominations and an archive going back to 1898, the cream of the crop truly did rise. This list, which comes from readers and staff, spans great Western ingredients and reflects the fresh, easy-going way we cook today. Beautifully designed with tons of interactivity.
In the News Now
The High Cost of Cheap Chicken
48 million people fall sick each year from eating tainted food. And the major culprit comes from your local poultry aisle. Learn how to protect yourself.
Putin's Olympic Fiasco
Vladimir Putin’s ego-driven, waste-filled, corruption-riddled, security-challenged, $51 billion Olympic adventure.
A Tale of Two Drug Wars
As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near record highs.
The New Science of Marriage
Exercise? Diet? Actually, new research shows getting and staying married may be the best thing you can do for a longer, healthier life.
2014: Off to a Good Start
New Rules of the Gym
The kind of fitness we can actually use for things like chasing down a bus or moving furniture depends on fundamental movement patterns like running, jumping, squatting, pushing, and pulling. This year, make the most of your gym time and join the functional fitness revolution.
Beat the Winter Blahs
Starting off the year with a sunny, positive attitude can be difficult in the dead of winter. Here, 11 uber-easy ways to lift your mood and lighten up your life—on even the grayest days.
The Social Diet
On a 20-week experiment dubbed the Social Diet, “Cooking Light” staffers lost 128 pounds, got moving, and showed how apps can power anyone’s healthy weight loss.
Little Resolutions That Will Save You Big Bucks
Forget getting in shape or learning to make compound miter cuts—nothing beats a New Year’s resolution that puts more money in your pocket. Here are 30 wallet-fattening changes to make for 2014.
The Year in Pictures
A photographer both observes and extracts, seizes from a moment a relic that remains fixed even as the moment passes. Here, a curated collection of the striking pictures that defined 2013.
The Perfect Day
An eclectic crew of progressive freesurfers, big-wave chargers, and world champions congregated at Cloudbreak for the last swell of the season. Epic rides ensued.
A family property on an island in Denmark undergoes a radical revision and emerges as a striking new interpretation of a weekend retreat.
Slow Cooker S.O.S.
Ever wish you could send out a dinner distress call? Help! I need a last-minute weeknight dinner. Or easy appetizers. Or an impressive dessert. No matter the mealtime emergency, your slow cooker is here to rescue you.