May/June 2009

Features

COVER STORY

Lessons of War

Six Stanford professors—White House advisers, Cabinet members and congressional go-to experts—share their insights on terrorism, diplomacy and the role of scholarship in policymaking. What keeps us from stopping wars?

Sleuth or Dare

Former private eye Joe Gores took his knowledge of scams and scumbags and put it to work writing crime fiction. Now his prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s classic The Maltese Falcon sheds light on how the genre’s seminal character, Sam Spade, came to "own" San Francisco.

You, Decoded

Personal DNA scans will only become more accessible and comprehensive. What promise do they hold for health care, and what are the risks?

Departments

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Can We All Get Along?

What we don’t know about war could hurt us.

PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

Nourishing the Arts in All Forms

A rich artistic tradition

1,000 WORDS

Diamond in the Dusk

END NOTE

Comfort Zones

Golden years, gray skies? An essay on retirement towns

Red All Over

Farm Report

Planet Cardinal

PURSUITS

Just Plane Fun

Inventor Kirk Hawkins gives casual pilots a lift.

ASPIRATIONS

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Hear her plea to become the Tree

INSTANT MESSAGE

Should You 'Friend' Your Kid?

Could Facebook be a parent’s best friend?

BRIGHT IDEAS

Name That Tune

Hum a few bars, they’ll name that tune

Showcase

All the Identities He Can Paint

Persian myth meets Berkeley graffiti in the art of Ala Ebtekar

Rooted in Sand

Journalist Neil MacFarquhar on the unexpected Middle East

Waste Deep in Dramaturgy

T.S., they love you: the drama department’s Waste Land year

Class Notes

Profiles

SNAPSHOT: MILTON JOHN LEAR, '38

What Have You Done Philately?

SPOTLIGHT: BLAIR MATHESON, '84

Ride 'em, Doctor

SPOTLIGHT: ROOPA MAHADEVAN, '05, MA '06

The Sound of Chennai Audio

Farewells

The Coach

Payton Jordan

The Gatekeeper

Rixford Kinney Snyder

Philanthropy Became Her

Leonore Annenberg

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