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Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis C. Madrigal is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of "Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology."
Alexis C. Madrigal is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of "Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology."
Management

The Threat That COVID-19 Poses Now

After a year of waves and surges, the pandemic is entering a “tornado” phase in America.

Oversight

Why the Pandemic Experts Failed

We’re still thinking about pandemic data in the wrong ways.

Workforce

A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over

At some point—maybe even soon—the emergency phase of the pandemic will end. But what, exactly, is that magic threshold?

Management

‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’

The government’s disease-fighting agency is conflating viral and antibody tests, compromising a few crucial metrics that governors depend on to reopen their economies. Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and other states are doing the same.

Oversight

America’s Coronavirus Testing Still Isn’t Moving Fast Enough

Without adequate testing, people with coronavirus symptoms are left to agonize over the right course of action on their own.

Defense

The Case of the Sick Americans in Cuba Gets Stranger

The suspects include Cubans, Russians, cicadas, and psychology.

Management

What the Obama Campaign's Chief Data Scientist Is Up to Now

Trying to keep the best minds of his generation from working on advertising.

Management

And Now Let Us Praise, and Consider the Absurd Luck of, Famous Men

A lesson about the success of Great Men from Intel co-founder Bob Noyce's life story.

Tech

Helping intelligence agencies better predict the future

Could human and machine forecasters work together to increase their foresight?