The July/August Atlantic ‘Ideas” issue is out. In addition to the 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year, Lori Gottlieb has a piece that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy.” The gist: It might not be so wise to block your children from rejection and unhappiness.

A few of their trends (for better and worse) facing America today:

The Rise of the Middle Class – Just Not Ours — by FT‘s Gillian Tett

Elections Work — by PBS’s Gwen Ifill

Nothing Stays Secret — by WaPo Investigative Reporter Dana Priest, whose upcoming book is: Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.

Gay is the New Normal — by Jonathan Rauch, Contributing editor, The Atlantic

The Maniac Will be Televised — by Walter Kirn, author of two books, Up in the Air and Lost in Meritocracy