February 2009 Issue

The Winter Survival Guide

More than 50 affordable (or free!) ways to snap yourself out of the February funk.

Department

Reversal of Fortune

In Palm Beach, Boston's Jewish elite created a glittering world that unwittingly helped make Bernie Madoff possible. Laurence Leamer reports from behind the winter retreat's manicured hedges on what it looks like now that the party is over.

Harvard Prez Left Blushing Crimson

Can Drew Gilpin Faust take the faculty's heat?

Feature

This Old House: An Oral History

On its 30th anniversary, the creators, cast, and (mostly) lucky homeowners of This Old House reveal what the cameras haven't shown—from how the series almost didn't get off the ground to who really foots the bill for all those jaw-dropping renovations.

Disconnected

They're called "phreakers," and they can do with a phone what hackers can do with computers. Few were more skilled—or more feared—than Matt Weigman, a blind teenager from East Boston. Using his heightened senses, he made himself untouchable. What he lacked, the FBI says, was the good sense to know when to hang up.

Outbreak

Why are so many young kids in Boston's well-to-do suburbs getting diabetes? Weston mom Ann Marie Kreft has been raising that question with anyone who will listen—and now she's enlisted some famous allies to find the answer.

Restaurants

Dining Out: L'Espalier

In its flashy new digs, Frank McClelland's gastro-luxe flagship has lots of room for improvement; cheese cart still matchless.