STEPHEN COLBERT 2.0
James Poniewozik’s Sept. 7–14 cover story on the new Late Show host drew attention from media outlets ranging from Vulture, which highlighted his admission that he often broke character on The Colbert Report (those bits were edited out), to People, which noted the Late Show guest Colbert is most excited about (one of his elementary-school teachers). Other outlets and readers were struck by Platon’s cover portrait of the comedian. He looks “so damn serious,” said Talking Points Memo–a perception Colbert himself joked about on Twitter, assuring fans, “In the rest of this @TIME cover photo I’m doing naked tai-chi.”
DOCTORS’ MENTAL HEALTH
Mandy Oaklander’s piece on the effort to support mental health for medical professionals, especially those in training, prompted an outpouring from readers in that field. A few, like James King of Galesburg, Ill., felt trainees aren’t helped by “celebrating their vulnerabilities.” But most praised TIME for highlighting a pressing issue. “Considering that health care is thought to be a ‘caring’ field, health-care professionals are notorious for ‘eating their young,'” wrote Carol Floriani, a registered nurse from Easley, S.C. Reid Haflich, a Boston M.D. candidate who said he has struggled with depression, wrote, “For me, this piece gently offers that I am not weak for seeking support, that sometimes it’s O.K. for me to be the patient.”
TIME’s coverage of NASA’s mission to explore the biological effects of extended space travel continues with episodes 3 and 4 of the Red Border Films documentary series A Year in Space. In “Quarantine,” astronaut Scott Kelly is physically separated from his friends and family–including fellow experiment participant Mark Kelly, his twin–as he readies himself for his year aboard the International Space Station. Next up: liftoff and its preparations, in “Launch,” which debuts Sept. 14. Watch at time.com/space.
When Leonard Matlovich decided to risk his Air Force career by coming out to his superior officer–and on the Sept. 8, 1975, cover of TIME–he became a touchstone for gay rights. Matlovich died in 1988, but the legacy of his battle to keep serving endures. Forty years later, as treatment of LGBT service members continues to make news, TIME History explores Matlovich’s life and the coming-out letter that started a movement. Read more at time.com/matlovich.
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This appears in the September 21, 2015 issue of TIME.