March 1 2000 4:12 AM

Bruce Gottlieb is a former Slate staff writer and chief counsel at the Federal Communications Commission; he is currently general counsel at the Atlantic Media Company.

Andrew Nieland is a writer in New York.

Atul Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard professor, New Yorker staff writer, director of Ariadne Labs, and author of Being Mortal.