The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from January 25, 2001

A Carrier Worthy of His Post
When Alec takes time off, we can always tell. The signs are unmistakable: We get at least three items of morning mail addressed not only to people who have never crossed the threshold of our house, but who quite evidently spend their days living in...
A Monitor Guide to Bestsellers ; Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE, by Anna Quindlen, Random House, $12.95 day. The book can be read in less than half an hour, but the familiar message might take a lifetime to digest. (64 pp.) By Kim Risedorph 2. WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer...
Big Games Get a Little Smaller
Not long ago, sports were America's communal campfires. A few times a year, when a championship was in the balance, people would scoot their sofas a little farther forward and click on their TVs for a moment that would be long etched in the country's...
Black Churches as Big Players in City Renewal ; with Record Attendance, Black Churches Are Buying Stadiums
The choir, seven soloists, and modern dancers have performed. The five-piece rock band has led the congregation in "Going on my way with the Lord." Next, in flowing gray robe and purple sash, the man responsible for packing this renovated warehouse...
Blurry Edges of a Hard Line on Iraq ; Convinced Iraq Is Rebuilding Military Programs, the US Is Enforcing No-Fly Zones - but with Disputed Accuracy
Six white pick-up trucks idle near the Saddam General Hospital here, each bearing a wooden coffin. In the back of the lead vehicle, a man tenderly rubs the fabric of an Iraqi flag draped over the coffin, and then wipes a tear from his eye. Outside...
Bringing Light to Wartime Shadows
Alan Furst's "Kingdom of Shadows" is a perfect blend of fact and fantasy. The book details the exploits and insights of Nicholas Morath, a Hungarian with connections to his nation's aristocracy and highest circles of government. As the dark clouds...
Centuries Later, Dynamic Duo Gets Their Due
It ranks perhaps as one of the greatest self deprecations in American history. On Aug. 18, 1805, Meriwether Lewis sat near a river in what is today western Montana, dipped his pen into ink, and wrote across the pages of his journal: "This day I completed...
Cheeseburger? No, Broccoli. Mmmm! ; Scientists Have Found a Way to Mimic Smells and Tastes
Many people can't stomach the taste of nutrient-rich Brussels sprouts or protein-packed tofu, but now scientists are seeking to fool our senses into believing they taste and smell more like mouth- watering steak or yummy chocolate. This new field...
Evangelicals Keep Keen Eye on Shifts in Faith and Practice
With their strong commitment to spread the word, Evangelical Christians have become avid data gatherers on the state of religious devotion in the US and around the world. Researchers are documenting Christianity's increasing global reach and acceptance...
Get Used to It, Readers: Page 1 Ads ; Rising Costs and Demand for Greater Profits Muscle Ads onto Front Page
For years there's been one place advertisers were not invited: the front page of the newspaper. But readers across the US are finding logos for car dealers and phone companies staring back at them from page 1 as papers look for ways to offset rising...
Gridiron Greats - Off-Field, Too
There's money in mayhem. That's one of the messages that comes through in some NFL highlights. A youngster prone to menacing behavior finds that it's an acceptable or even valued skill. Is this an overstatement? OK, a bit. To its credit, the National...
Herculean Tasks for Congo Leader ; the New Leader, Installed Today, Faces a Nation in Collapse, as Angola Sends in More Troops
It's night in Kinshasa, the day after Laurent Kabila's funeral, and the young Congolese sit around the trendy Kiambo quarter drinking Primus beer and talking conspiracy theories. The Israeli diamond dealers gather at their favorite pizza joint to...
How the Bottom Fell out of US Economy So Quickly ; Answer Lies in Stock Market, Consumer Psychology, and the Bumpers in Mr. Wainwright's Backroom
Nelson Wainwright, president of a St. Louis-area firm that stores automotive parts, got caught in an inventory storm. One of his key customers, General Motors, recently found itself with too many vans on its sales lots and stopped calling up bumpers...
Let the Board Games Begin - Click, Click
I've never been much of a fan of board games, although I'm tough to beat at Clue and Trivial Pursuit. So when I decided to do a column about the ever-expanding number of games sites on the Web, I went to the one source who could give me the lowdown...
Needed: Power Plants in California. but Not Here. ; with the Energy Crisis, the Debate Sharpens over Where to Put Undesirable Facilities
Scott Scholz lives on the southern fringe of Silicon Valley, where freeway interchanges and shopping centers give way to small farms and ranches. "I like being on the outskirts of town, at the edge of things," says the soft-spoken computer-software...
Parsing Bush's Mixed Messages on Abortion ; Recent Steps Reflect Antiabortion Stand, but Some Say Bush's Actions Will Be Limited
George W. Bush may have come to Washington talking of compromise, but he has already walked into one of the nation's most divisive political thickets: abortion. In the wake of John Ashcroft's nomination for attorney general and President Bush's executive...
Playing Hardball with Software
It's not as if Bill Gates needs the money or anything, but were he to join the team of contestants on the "Survivor" TV series, many would say his chances of winning $1 million are good. Like the show's Richard Hatch, multibillionaire Gates has proven...
Putin's Endgame for Chechen Bear Trap ; Today, Europe's Top Human Rights Body Considers Reinstating Russia, Censured for Chechnya Excesses
Struggling to find an exit from the increasingly unpopular 16- month-old military campaign to subdue secessionist rebels in the volatile republic of Chechnya, President Vladimir Putin has hit upon a strategy eerily reminiscent of the US experience...
Reach out and Surf with Someone
The rap on the Internet has been the lack of access to it for those who, well, don't have access - either for financial or knowhow reasons. On a brisk day last November, another bridge across this digital divide was erected when volunteer high school...
Recording the Past No One Will Speak
In 1983, Argentina created the Comision Nacional para la Desaparicion de Personas to explore the true story of what happened during seven years of military dictatorship. According to Priscilla Hayner, an American consultant on human rights, it was...
Stoppinglight
Ever since Sir Isaac Newton sent sunlight streaming through a prism, showing there was more to light than meets the eye, scientists have bent it, focused it, amplified it, explained it, even slowed it from a torrid 670 million miles an hour to bicycle...
Terrorism Risk - in Its Place
Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig once warned that panic, in and of itself, is a terrorist tool. Indeed, "successful" terrorist attacks such as bomb threats don't even have to be carried out to spark fear. All the more reason to be cautious when...
The Endless Project of Treating Each Other Generously
Toward the end of "Hole in the Sky," his 1992 collection of autobiographical essays about growing up on a ranch in Oregon, William Kittredge writes: "Over the years I have tried to understand that love and not justice is the point of things." In...
The Rough Ride Home for an African-American Cowboy
The prodigal son always comes home - in life, in parable, and in literature. And he has returned once more in "Gabriel's Story," a haunting debut by David Anthony Durham. In this incarnation, the wayward youth is a 15-year-old African- American...
The White Noise of Grief
In 1996, a physicist at New York University named Alan Sokal submitted an article to Social Text, an academic journal devoted to something called "poststructuralism." His essay, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of...
To Shave Time off Long-Haul Flights, Airlines Eye North Pole
You might call them an "over the top" solution to the problems of really long international flights: Carriers are introducing polar air routes on long hauls such as Toronto-Hong Kong. Transpolar routes minimize distance, headwinds, and therefore fuel...
US Policy Shift on Abortion Raises Alarm Abroad ; Funding Restriction Could Mean Fewer Choices, More Botched Abortions, Latin American Groups Warn
During the 2000 American presidential campaign, many observers across Latin America said it hardly mattered who won - little would change. But President George W. Bush's first executive order this week - banning US foreign aid to international organizations...
Why Chile Matters in Quest for Global Free Trade
Last November, when the Clinton administration announced free- trade negotiations with Chile, it was carrying out a six-year-old promise. Too bad it took so long. Aside from last year's agreement with China, the talks with Chile may be the most important...
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