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November 2009 Contents: Great Places to Work

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November 2009 Cover
Volume 45, Number 2

Cover Story

Great Places to Work

Employees at these organizations earn excellent pay and benefits, do interesting work, and enjoy a good work/life balance. How does your company compare?

Cover photograph by Chris Leaman.


Secrets of Success

Five new inductees into the Washington Business Hall of Fame may not be household names, but their companies are. By Leslie Milk.

Field of Dreams

This spring, a couple from Washington’s social elite—a trusted diplomat and a former Hill aide—were arrested after allegedly spying for Cuba for 30 years. Here’s the story of their secret life. By Mary Clare Fleury.

The Art World’s Indiana Jones

On the trail of stolen art and treasures, two Washingtonians help Courbets and Picassos find their way back home. By Susan Baer.

“How Could He Just Stand There?”

She was a 14-year-old on the edge of rebellion when she fell for Juan. She thought it was love. Then one night two of his friends raped her, and he did nothing to stop them. By Amanda Pagliarini.

Dirt Cheap Eats

We found 82 burger joints, street carts, taquerias, and dinner-worthy happy hours where a delicious meal is $15 or less. By Ann Limpert, Todd Kliman, Kate Nerenberg, and Rina Rapuano.

Capital Comment Dancing with the pols . . . Who was Nixon’s Deep Throat? . . . Congress members behaving badly . . . Lawyers behaving like lawyers. . . Good Washington reads . . . Ben Bradlee’s kind of woman—is at Slate.

Where & When Here comes FotoWeek DC . . . Modern greats at National Gallery . . . Much Ado at Folger . . . Show Boat at Signature . . . Robin Williams at Constitution Hall . . . Book fair at the Press Club . . . Craft show at the Convention Center.

Pioneer of the Suburbs Robert Simon brought city living to Northern Virginia—and changed how America looks at the cul-de-sac.

Cover Your Ears, Ben The same geniuses who got us into this economic mess are now sounding alarms about inflation. Don’t listen.

Battling the Quiet Killer Diabetes is on the rise, but many people are living good lives with it—including some you know. Here’s how.

Competitive and Slightly Unhinged Why college debaters dominate our political scene.

Come Closer Pictures from the National Geographic archives—from historic events to natural wonders and unforgettable faces.

All the Right Questions What to know and what to ask when choosing an assisted-living facility.

Giving Vets a Voice A Jesuit priest’s two passions—theater and the disabled—have led to his next act: helping wounded soldiers.

My Kojo Crush She couldn’t get enough of Kojo Nnamdi’s voice—and then she went on his radio show.