COVER: "Freud Is Not Dead" (p. 42). Without Freud, Woody Allen would be a
schnook and Tony Soprano a thug; there would be an Oedipus but no Oedipus
complex, reports Senior Editor Jerry Adler. On the occasion of his 150th
birthday, Adler takes a look at Sigmund Freud-his life and legacy-and examines
how his discoveries and teachings are still put into practice today.
"INTERVIEW: Biology of the Mind" (p. 47). Dr. Eric Kandel, a Columbia
professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute senior investigator, who earned
a Nobel Prize for his work on learning and memory, speaks with Senior Writer
Claudia Kalb on his early passion-psychoanalysis and Freud.
"The Therapist as Scientist" (p. 50). Claudia Kalb paints a picture of
Freud as a hard-core scientist whose ideas are finding their way into the lab
today. Researchers are tapping into the chemistry of the unconscious,
exploring the theory of repression, and even testing ways to block traumatic
memories. What they are finding does not necessarily prove Freud right or
wrong, but after decades of polarization between neuroscience and
psychoanalysis, the two fields are beginning to find common ground, writes
IRAQ: "Iraq's Real WMD" (p. 24). National Security Correspondent John
Barry, Special Correspondent Michael Hastings and Assistant Managing Editor
Evan Thomas report that IEDs (improvised explosive devices) are crippling
American soldiers in Iraq. Three years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, the
military still has not figured out how to overcome the threat used by
insurgents. Former administration officials blame the military bureaucracy and
military officials blame a civilian leadership that failed to grasp
"Talking Trash" (p. 28). Chief Foreign Correspondent Rod Nordland reports
on Saddam Hussein's trial-which in five months of proceedings has managed only
17 actual court days. One thing is certain-once a verdict is rendered by the
five-judge panel, "if any defendant were sentenced to any penalty, no matter
whether it were the death penalty or imprisonment, that penalty should be
executed within 30 days of the court's verdict," chief prosecutor Jafar al
Musawi told Newsweek. Although there would be an automatic appeal of a death
sentence to the court of cassation, that court has no backlog of cases, Musawi
says, and an appeal "would only take days."
FAREED ZAKARIA: "Appalling-But Not Hopeless" (p. 31). Iraq turned out to
be a playground for all kinds of ideological certainties that the Bush
administration had. It also became a playground for a series of all-consuming
turf wars and policy battles between various departments and policymakers in
the administration. A good part of the chaos and confusion in Washington has
abated; the chaos in Iraq has proved much harder to reverse. It is much easier
to undo a longstanding social and political order than it is to put it back
together again, writes Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria.
POLITICS: "Is Anyone Listening?" (p. 32). Senior White House Correspondent
Richard Wolffe and White House Correspondent Holly Bailey report that for five
years nobody needed to blare the word "united" at Republicans; it was their
biggest strength. But now that strategy has fallen apart. Members of Congress,
tired of being taken for granted by an overbearing White House, have lost
faith in the president's political touch. And the stress is starting to show.
Republicans are beginning to look and sound like their own caricature of the
Democrats: disorganized, off message and unsure of their identity.
"Digging for Dirt in Dixie" (p. 36). General Editor Jonathan Darman
reports that Harold Ford Jr.'s bid for a Senate seat from Tennessee sounds
like a long shot. First there's the party issue: The Democratic congressman is
running in a state that George W. Bush carried by 14 points in 2004. Then
there's the race issue: Ford wants to be the first black senator from the
South since Reconstruction. And don't forget family: Ford's uncle and aunt,
both veteran Tennessee pols, are fighting, respectively, charges of bribery
and election fraud.
JONATHAN ALTER: "The Democrats' Disciplinarian" (p. 37). Rahm Emanuel, the
former Clinton White House enforcer is not a great spokesman for the party.
But he thrives as an inside player, in touch with old-style operatives and the
party's Internet vanguard. As chairman of the Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee, 'Rahmbo' is essentially managing 40 House races from a war
room a few blocks from the Capitol, helping with candidate recruitment, fund-
raising and "rapid response." Emanuel pulls it all off with a mixture of
profanity and horse sense that gives Democrats the feeling they might not blow
it this time, writes Senior Editor and Columnist Jonathan Alter.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS: "The Katrina Cavalry" (p. 38). National Correspondent
Allison Samuels reports on the students who spent their spring break helping
people whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Katrina. "There was no way
to enjoy the things we normally could," college student Wesli Spencer tells
Newsweek, "knowing so many people who looked like us had suffered so much and
were still suffering with no end in sight."
CRIME: "Streetwalker Stalker" (p. 39). Special Correspondent Catharine
Skipp and Miami Bureau Chief Arian Campo-Flores report on Daytona Beach, Fla.
where authorities are pursuing the "Streetwalker Stalker," as some have dubbed
him, allegedly responsible for the murder of three women-all of whom led
"high-risk lifestyles", in the past three months. In the meantime, some
hookers are arming themselves, and a few have even vowed to hunt down the
BUSINESS: "GM's Game of Bumpercars" (p. 40). Detroit Bureau Chief Keith
Naughton reports that Jerry York, elected to General Motors' board last month,
can't be ignored. Relentless and impatient, York is now at the center of GM's
struggle for survival. And he's got his work cut out for him: GM's 2005 losses
were $2 billion worse than originally reported and now total $10.6 billion.
This year is looking pretty grim, too: GM's share of the U.S. auto market has
sunk to its lowest level since the roaring '20s.
FASHION: "Jeans Rising" (p. 52). The denim tide is rising again. General
Editor Peg Tyre reports on a new cut of jeans, called mid-rise, which ends
about two fingers below the navel. Stores around the country have begun
stocking this new style of jeans, and the gap between the bellybutton and the
belt is shrinking at last.
HEALTH: "Perchance To ... Eat?" (p. 54). Associate Editor Jennifer
Barrett and Correspondent Anne Underwood report that the makers of America's
most popular sleep drug, Ambien, may have been tossing and turning a bit more
recently. There's little doubt the drug is effective, but some patients are
now wondering how safe it really is-the sleep aid has come under scrutiny amid
reports of users eating, driving and even shoplifting in their sleep.
ENTERTAINMENT: "Sharon Stone Strikes Again" (p. 56). It's been 14 years
since "Basic Instinct" riveted the world with its unabashed voyeurism, its
lethal bisexuals and its ice pick. The movie rescued Sharon Stone from a
career of forgettable babe roles, and turned her, overnight, into a sexual
icon and international star, reports Senior Writer Sean Smith, who talks to
Stone about the upcoming sequel, dating and her experiences with Basic
THE TIP SHEET: "Something To Sneeze At" (p. 65). Across the nation, 40
million drippy noses are suffering from allergies. Tip Sheet's Joan Raymond
takes a look at new strategies to fight them off.