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Tom Engelhardt: Living in a Sci-fi World

Honestly, if you had described this America to me more than half a century ago, I would have laughed in your face.

August 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Breaking of the Sky

We had been waiting for two long, agonizing months for rain to come, for anything to cast a veil over a furious sun that dried out fields, withered up grape vines, even discouraged the cicadas from droning in the pines. Now the rain started falling, thick, icy gobbets of it, drenching us the moment it struck.

August 28, 2022 · 7 Comments

Anne Pinto Rodrigues: The Indigenous Food Cafés Transforming Local Cuisine

The modern food system has a huge carbon footprint. These Indian cafés want to change that.

August 27, 2022 · 11 Comments

Video: The Trails Before Us

THE TRAILS BEFORE US follows 17-year-old Nigel James, a Diné mountain biker, as he hosts the first Enduro race in the Navajo Nation. Through revitalizing livestock and wildlife trails on his grandparents’ land, Nigel and a new generation of riders honor the connection to their land, community, and culture.

August 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Despite Climate Change

The title of supervisory wildlife biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service does little justice to Linda Welch. In practice, she is the housing and unusual development secretary for seabirds on Maine’s Petit Manan Island.  

August 24, 2022 · 4 Comments

Dawn Potter: About Mothers

How can I judge the worth of a brooding life?
In a busy restaurant my giant son leans his head on my shoulder,
and I am his mother again, lifting his memory into my arms.

August 22, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Now is the time

Restored footage reveals how a totem pole raising sparked a cultural rebirth.

August 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: “Technology is our fate” 

Thus spoke the high-modernist architect Mies van der Rohe in the middle of the twentieth century. Nothing since then has refuted his remark. If anything, a good deal more fuel … Continue reading

August 21, 2022 · 11 Comments

Vox Populi: OMG! An Interview with Michael Simms about his Debut Novel ‘Bicycles of the Gods’

Who wouldn’t love a story about badass vigilante nuns and the end of the world?

August 16, 2022 · 9 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find myself experiencing three versions of that ultimate story: that of my own fall; that of my country; and that of an increasingly overheating planet as a habitable place for us all.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Sandy Solomon: On a Visit to Friends

I’m drawn to the window where the hummingbirds
come; the shrill sound of wings precedes them;
then they hover at the red sugar water,
feeding before they’re gone.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Rachel Hadas: That Patch of Warmth

August. Midday. Look up: flawless sky
until a cloud sprouts; sidles; suddenly
blots out the sun. Wind troubles the trees

August 10, 2022 · 2 Comments

Lourdes Medrano: Mexican Farmers and Scientists Share a Mission: Saving a Wetland

Once mutually wary, farmers and scientists are working jointly to save a key ecosystem — and an endangered salamander.

August 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Neil Shepard: Mating Behaviors of Storks, Egrets, Humans

We’re out of love again and wandering
with other birdwatchers over the cedar shakes,
spying on spring nesting sites where great
migrations end and settle into familiar patterns
of rearing and weaning.

August 9, 2022 · 3 Comments

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