About a Boy

Glenn Matsumura

His death broke his parents’ hearts and spawned a university. But who was he? Recent revelations suggest a different Leland Stanford Jr. than many have imagined.

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    America and the Paradox of Power Audio

    Dominant but vulnerable, the United States confronts terrorism and growing resentment abroad. How should it respond, and what do its actions say about the country? Six scholars weigh in.

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    Living Large

    Marilyn Wann has taken on a sizable challenge—eradicating stereotypes about and discrimination against fat people. Fat isn’t a pejorative for her, though—it’s “flabulous,” a natural state that should be celebrated, even if that means defying medical convention about the dangers of excess weight.