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Mayeta Clark: When Fracking Companies Own the Gas Beneath Your Land

Natural gas companies have cut down forests and paved over farms on West Virginia private lands, calling it “reasonably necessary” to access subsurface gas they own the rights to. A legal battle with property owners has ensued.

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: An Ode to Envy — Parul Sehgal

What is envy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction.

July 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The Office of Missing Children

Nearly 15,000 unaccompanied minors currently are detained in the U.S.; they’re held in places ranging from tent cities to trailers and shelters, some of which have a history of mistreatment, including forced drugging, sexual assault and physical abuse.

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Korten: 8 Essential Steps to Radically Transform Our Economy

An economic system that serves everyone and the planet is necessary for our survival. Here are some guiding principles to get us there.

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Luray Gross: If Two People Are Aware of the Rising Moon

When his mind grew empty
and his heartbeat slowed to a vague stutter,
our father no longer walked the fields at night.

July 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: We are built to be kind

Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Origin of Strawberries

She sat down, but the longer she waited the stronger became her desire for her husband, and at last she gathered a bunch of the finest berries and started back along the path to give them to him. He met her kindly and they went home together.

July 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: It Was the Summer After the Summer of Love

it’s the first time in my life
that I’ve ever had an image
or maybe it just an idea
(which was still bad enough)
of my parents doing it,
having sex, grabbing each other

July 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: The Watermelon Sutras

In the act of eating watermelon no one
ever pulled a trigger, spoke harshly
to a child, swatted a butterfly out
of the sky, or told a lie for money.

July 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Molly Fisk: The Fox Laughs at the Hounds

voices chorusing woods and fields, ringing
off the stone walls she runs beside, light
and fleet, silent as new snow falling through

July 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan: Abolish Migrant Child Jails Now

Debating the fate of jailed migrant children is important, but the life-and-death crisis that they have been thrown into demands immediate action.

July 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Meg Pokrass: Puppy Breath

I had his phone number, the guy from the A.A. meeting. I held it in my hands. I was terrible on the phone, but he would never call me. He said he couldn’t approach women. It was up to me.

June 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: I was in your blood

A touching portrait of a young boy who falls in love with his babysitter.

June 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Margaret Klein Salamon: Facing the Climate Emergency — Grieving The Future You Thought You Had

If humanity’s two choices are to transform or collapse, the only rational, moral choice is to immerse yourself in the struggle to protect all life.

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

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