New York Times Upfront

A news magazine for teens. Features coverage of current events, entertainment and trends on national and international events. Encourages high school students to consider different points of view.

Articles from Vol. 144, No. 3, October 3

1991: The Fall of the Soviet Union: When America's Cold War Adversary Collapsed 20 Years Ago, It Freed Millions from Oppression and Left the U.S. as the World's Only Superpower
The Soviet Union was a colossus that covered one sixth of the Earth's land and held sway over even more. It kept a third of Europe captive, and blocked escape with troops, tanks, and concrete walls. In its Cold War battle with the U.S. starting in...
Are Online Classes a Good Idea? A Million American Students Are Now Taking Online Courses
YES Some people think online courses are a low-cost, low-quality alternative to "real" classroom learning, but high-quality online courses offer high school students a wide range of experiences they could never get in traditional classrooms. ...
Hey, Who Shrank My Doritos? Food Companies Are Finding Ways to Sell You Less for More-And Hoping You Won't Notice
Look closely at some of your favorite foods and snacks, and you may notice a trend. That King Size Snickers bar is not as kingly as it used to be. Raisin Bran and Corn Flakes boxes have gotten skinnier. Even Heinz ketchup bottles have shed some weight....
How America's National Debt Stacks Up
As the article "Washington's Gridlock" (p. 8) notes, the U.S. faces a mounting national, debt. To put this debt in perspective, economists often look at it as a percentage of gross domestic product, or GDP. GDP is the dollar value of all goods and...
How Slavery Really Ended in America: A Year and a Half before Lincoln Issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Three Slaves Rowed across a Virginia River to a Union Fort-And Unwittingly Set in Motion the Demise of Slavery
On May 23, 1861, a little more than a month after the Civil War had begun at Fort Sumter, three young black men rowed across the James River in Virginia and asked for asylum at a Union-held citadel called Fort Monroe. Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory,...
The Price of Young Love: In Afghanistan, Where Dating Is Forbidden, Teens Who Buck the System Face the Severest of Consequences
It sounds innocent enough: Two teenagers fall for each other at the ice cream factory where they work and begin a secret romance. But in Afghanistan, a traditional Muslim society where dating is practically nonexistent and parents arrange marriages,...
Washington's Gridlock: The Capital Seems to Be at a Standstill-Not the Streets, but the Government Itself. Is This Any Way to Run a Country?
Evan Giesemann, a senior at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, considers himself a political junkie. He's avidly followed politics since he was a freshman in high school, and during the 2008 presidential election, he worked as an intern on Barack...
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