If you haven’t checked out our stellar lineup of features in the latest print issue, you should.

But if you want to check it out and are very lazy (don’t worry, we get it), then you might want to listen to our writers talk about these stories on the radio. 

"Botox Nation"KCRW - Press Play (July 9): Taffy Brodesser-Akner discusses “Botox” with Lisa Barrett, psychology professor at Northeastern University. Click here for original story.

"The Organ Detective": WNYC - Leonard Lopate (July 10): Ethan Watters discusses the hidden world of illegal trading in human organs. Click here for original story.

"Bloody Nice": NHPR - Word of Mouth (July 15): Wen Shen discusses the quest to build a kinder, gentler surgeon—and how it might be misguided. Click here for original story.

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Is the quest to build a kinder, gentler surgeon misguided?

New feature story from our July/August Issue.

Read more.

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About our 2014 World Cup host country:

The massive, multicultural, multiracial nation initially struggled to find a uniting identity—until everyone started playing and watching the sport brought over by the British.

Read more: How Soccer Came to Define Brazil

+ BONUS: Brazil’s Legendary Soccer-Playing Socialist Medical Doctor

World Cup Week continues at Check it out.

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"When a game matters to billions of people it ceases to be just a game… Soccer is never just soccer: it helps make wars and revolutions, and it fascinates mafias and dictators."

Simon Kuper, Football Against the Enemy

Join us this week as we examine the social, cultural, and political issues that are inextricably connected to the sport of soccer around the world. The 2014 World Cup will be the most uniting cultural event in the history of human civilization. We’ll tell you why.

Read them here, and follow us for more throughout the week:

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Happy Memorial Day! Whether you’re enjoying the outdoors, the food, or the company, the reason for celebration is the same. These stories illustrate why we take time each Memorial Day to honor the U.S. armed forces.

Happy Memorial Day. Thank the Confederacy”- Today celebrated with the season’s first barbecues and white outfits, this holiday has morphed over the past 146 years. Has its meaning lost a foothold in today’s society?

The Healing Power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial”- The saying “it takes two” applies to more than just relationships; veterans who have visited this glistening monument multiple times have observed noticeable improvement of their PTSD symptoms.

Giving Forgotten Veterans a Dignified Departure”- After-death detective Bob Day identifies veterans’ ashes to provide them with proper military funeral rites as he lays them to rest.

Could Community Service Be the Answer for Veterans Looking to Treat PTSD?”- For veteran Michael “Doc” Piper, service didn’t stop when he left the military. After realizing that community service helped his PTSD, he established Veterans Service Office so others could benefit too.
—compiled by Merrill Weber

This week, Alice Dreger’s post, “What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?" became one of our most popular stories of all time, going viral on Facebook, Digg, Twitter, and Reddit.

Lots of you asked questions about Alice, her family, and her work. Luckily, she writes quite frequently about those topics at!

Here are a few of her more popular stories:

What’s Wrong With Trying to Engineer Your Child’s Sexual Orientation?An experimental steroid taken while pregnant could increase the odds that your child will be straight. Let’s enumerate the ways this is terrible.

Leaning OutBy intentionally taking a step back from a career she worked hard to start, Alice Dreger estimates she has cost her family $750,000. Was it worth it?

What to Wear?Feminist scholars aren’t yet liberated from restrictive clothing norms, but at least they think about why they’re wearing what they’re wearing.

Do You Have to Pee Standing Up to Be a Real Man?This simple idea, encouraged by medical texts of the past that taught deviation from the norm would lead to confused sexuality and gender identity issues, has put a surprising number of babies under the knife.

"Great,” I thought to myself. “Welcome to your genitals. It’s where you get punched."

The most popular story (by far) on our site for two days straight is a funny, smart, inspirational story about a mother filling in the gaps of her son’s sexual education.

Read it here: "What If We Admitted to Children that Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?"

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Oh, and here’s a completely unrelated video for good measure.

Hope you got to take a nice springtime bike ride today, even if you’re not as physically active as this hero:

Some fun cycling stories for you on this Friday:

"In Defense of the Law-Breaking Cyclist" - For 2013’s Cheating Week series, Jake Blumgart writes why he’s going to keep breaking traffic rules on his bike until road infrastructure gets better.

"Will Bike-Sharing Programs Kill More People?" - Bike-sharing is getting more and more popular in cities, big and small. Are they safe?

"How Do We Get More Women Cycling?" - Bike safety increases as more cyclists get on the road. The key? Get the ladies involved.

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"The Tortured Rise of the All-American Bro"

The repressive, hypermasculine bro that stalks your local watering hole and pisses in the street is a modern, anxious manifestation of homosexual panic, an allergic reaction to the mainstreaming of gay culture.

Yep, we published a long, sociological rumination on the origins of “bro-dom” and how we can make male friendship better.

Read more: The Tortured Rise of the All-American Bro

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"When attempting to fit the irregular polygon of Nature into the square hole of Theory, all researchers face a strong temptation to lop off the messy corners."

Our latest cover story is about social scientists who fudge their results, and the other social scientists who won’t stand for it.

Read more: The Reformation: Can Social Scientists Save Themselves?

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