Detroit Tries to Get on a Road to Renewal (The Well / Nation)

Amid old Detroit's ruins, urban visionaries are plotting the city's comeback

Photographer Sean Hemmerle finds an elegiac sign of America's fading industrial might in the crumbling urban ruins of the Motor City



A World of Troubles (The Well / The Economy)

Political leaders will meet in London to try to rescue a global economy in its worst shape in decades. A look at how four countries are hurting

Ireland (The Well / The Economy)

The Celtic Tiger grew frisky with foreign firms. They're leaving

Singapore (The Well / The Economy)

The city-state did everything right. Too bad that wasn't enough

Spain (The Well / The Economy)

A property boom went bust, and now good jobs are few and far between

Taiwan (The Well / The Economy)

Who will benefit from the high-tech crash? Maybe China


The Skimmer

Book Review: The Thoreau You Dont Know by Robert Sullivan


Here's to the Death of Broadcast (Television)

As ER exits, big networks are flatlining — and it's helping good TV thrive

ER's Long Goodbye

Photos: After years of personal triumphs, steamy love affairs and extraordinarily complicated surgeries, NBC's award winning drama series comes to a close

Banshees (Music)

Ida Maria and PJ Harvey have voices that could raise the dead. But what can they do for the living?

Darkness Visible (Books)

A new biography shows John Cheever in unflinching detail and makes the case for his comeback



Colleges Face a Financial-Aid Crunch (The Well / Education)

This admissions cycle, families need more help than ever. But with budgets pinched, how much can colleges afford to offer? A look inside one school's calculus


Wrong Prescription (The Well / Viewpoint)

Digital medical records aim to cut health-care costs. They could end up doing the opposite


Mind over Chocolate (Life / Food)

Infused with positive intentions via prayer and music, "embedded" food wants to make us happy


The TIME 100

To help select the world's most influential people, leading newsmakers offer their nominations when asked, Who should be on this year's list?

The 2009 TIME 100 Finalists

Cast your vote for the leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers who deserve a spot on this year's TIME 100


Spas Are So Yesterday (Wellness / Body and Spirit)

At the new breed of wellness centers, you can get a rubdown for your soul

Spas Go Holistic

Video: Joel Stein achieves inner calm and glowing skin at the Amrit Davaa Wellness Center.

A Primer for Pessimists (Wellness / Optimism)

Yes, you can learn to see every silver lining — and be happier — even if you're a born cynic