Protecting Wild Lands, Debating the Right to Bear Arms

The precursor: 40 years before the Wilderness Act, 755,000 acres in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, including the Middle Fork of the Gila River, became the world’s first designated wilderness.

We’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act with Elizabeth Kolbert, who looks at whether it has met its objectives to protect the country’s most pristine wildlands for future generations. George Packer discusses George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 for our Book Club. Mary Gordon on her new book, The Liar’s Wife. And Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice tells the story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights—the Second Amendment.