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Cover Story

Up from Potterville

by Roy Maynard

Cover Story | On the 50th anniversary of the release of the perennial holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life, WORLD traveled to a real-life Bedford Falls that was threatened…

In this issue: "Cleaning up Longview," Nov. 23, 1996

Features

Diminished returns

By Mindy Belz

International | Families of hostages practice lowering their expectations

The anthropologists' "paradise"

International | It's more interesting for those who study primitive cultures to keep these peoples in the dark

Corporate clean-up?

By Cal Thomas

National | Wal-Mart's retail war on raunch could force needed reform

A cardinal's dying wish

By Roy Maynard

National | Bernardin dies, but not before urging court to preserve life and lib

A run for the border

By Jay Grelen

National | Effort to evade Pennsylvania's abortion regulation law highlights its effectiveness in reducing abortions; other states' legal protections are proving…

Dispatches

This Week

"The public trust" Whitewater felon James McDougal got a 90-day extension of his temporary get-out-of-jail-free card Nov. 13 when the independent counsel's…

Reviews

The battle over history

By Doug Bandow

Books | The politicization of history requires that we reassess it

Rx for a sick society

By George Grant

Books | Going beyond the obvious in finding spiritual solutions

Dead letter

By Pamela Johnson

Movies | Postal workers playing God need a little special delivery

Culture Notes

Culture | Doll jihad What are we to make of the Nissan commercial that shows Barbie dumping Ken and running off with G.I. Joe? Some culture vultures are saying it shows…

Voices

Where's the outrage?

By Joel Belz

Musings on a serious rap, a gender gap, and a racist slap

Sacrificial service

Even if we don't enjoy some blessings, they're still blessings

Before you give...

...make sure your giving will do more good than harm

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