Julia Baird

How the Recession Is Redefining Failure

We've spent more than 60 years dissecting Willy Loman, the character artfully sketched by Arthur Miller in "Death of a Salesman." Willy is, perhaps, America's consummate loser, a failure to his family. But if you can bear with me for one moment, imagine he lived in current times, not amid the postwar prosperity of 1949.

Race and the Happiness Gap

Blacks are still not as happy, overall, as whites, but in seminal new research, economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that the gap between black and white happiness has declined by about 40 percent. Wolfers said: "It is the largest and most important change in happiness for any population I have ever seen."

We Don't Hear About Africa's Oil Spills

It was hard to believe BP when it announced oil had stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, July 15. It had taken 87 days. There was relief but little jubilation: it will take many years to clean the shores and the birds, and for the sea to begin to repair itself from the onslaught of poisonous oil. Surely we can no longer call it a "spill"—it seems too light and trite a word.

The Palin Effect: Why We Sexualize GOP Women

Something pretty creepy has been happening to conservative women lately. There seems to be an insistent, increasingly excitable focus on the supposed hotness of Republican women in the public eye, like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, and Nikki Haley—not to mention veterans like Ann Coulter. The sexual references are pervasive: they come from left, right, and center, and range from gushing to highly offensive.

Iran's Revolution on Film

When millions of Iranians flooded the streets in June 2009 to protest the disputed election, it was all recorded--on video cameras and cell phones. For the West, these grainy amateur images were the only witness to the uprising and the brutal crackdown.

The Revolution Was Televised

The June 2009 election protests in Iran—where the Green Movement sprang to life—was the true birthplace of citizen journalism. NEWSWEEK compiles on-the-ground videos, shot by protesters themselves and smuggled out of the country.

The Front Line Is Online

A global movement for Internet freedom sprang from the Iranian protests. A BBC poll found four in five people around the globe think access to the Internet is a fundamental right. We should target the "dirty dozen" countries that have Internet-access restrictions in place.