Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Steven Nadler: We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering

Last winter, unforgettable video footage online showed a starving polar bear, struggling in its Arctic hunting grounds. Because of global warming, the ice was thin and the food supply was … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Omnia El Shakry: Every Sufi master is, in a sense, a Freudian psychotherapist

Even in the most revolutionary thinkers, you will find the uncannily familiar. Sigmund Freud was no exception. Arabs recognised in Freud’s body of thought ideas from classical Islamic thinkers. In … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen

. With all the nutrition advice on the internet, making decisions about a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. In this short video, nutrition expert Dr. Michael Greger gives us a simple … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Calabrian Fig

Every morning when I go stair climbing I see her with a rake in hand Standing by a fig tree In front of her Roman house With arches and domes. … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Dani Burlison: What Wildfires Do to Our Minds

A Northern California community offers mental health first aid to survivors of devastating fires. It’s late spring, and I’m hiking Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County with therapist, ecopsychologist, … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Relapse

Several of the young men from the treatment center are already dead.  They spanned the demographic spectrum so no conclusions can be made about why they did, or didn’t, make it. … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Gargano: Why I Chose to Be My Mother’s Caretaker

Living on Human Time When I tell friends and acquaintances that my eighty-nine-year-old mother will be moving in with my husband and me, I get two kinds of stares. One … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tim Radford: Hothouse Earth could soon be unavoidable

Researchers say the world may be approaching a tipping point, followed by a dangerous slide towards Hothouse Earth, an overheated planet. Human actions threaten to push the planet into a … Continue reading

August 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan McGregor: What philosophers have to say about eating meat

WeWork, a co-working and office space company, recently made a company policy not to serve or reimburse meals that include meat. WeWork’s co-founder and chief culture officer, Miguel McKelvey, said … Continue reading

August 9, 2018 · 3 Comments

Marc Jampole: The long-term effects of separating children from their parents

The real tragedy of separating children from their parents will come years from now when the kids suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These past few days, I’ve been feeling a … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sara Bir: A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped its confinement and became almost impossible to eradicate. . Blackberries … Continue reading

August 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Mary Borden’s The Forbidden Zone, a near-forgotten masterpiece

Recently, PBS aired a documentary marking the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. Almost in passing, a memoir by Mary Borden who founded a hospital and served as … Continue reading

August 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

John de Graaf: A California City That’s Taking Beauty Seriously

Vallejo is working on conserving open space and beautifying the city as part of a national campaign to unite Americans. Vallejo has been hit hard by poverty, unemployment, and drug … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrea Hollander: Betrayals

At least my father did not betray anyone. It was the plaque in his brain that betrayed him.   As for my ex—well, time passes, and I see how some … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 10 Comments