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Nicholas P. Money: The fungal mind: on the evidence for mushroom intelligence

In recent years, a body of remarkable experiments have shown that fungi operate as individuals, engage in decision-making, are capable of learning, and possess short-term memory.

October 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

Bruce Lowry: Just Long Enough

My desire is only this—to die someplace the earth made beautiful all on its own, the way a first-grader makes the morning glory out of construction paper and Elmer’s glue, … Continue reading

September 29, 2022 · 9 Comments

Jennifer Harman: When parents turn children into weapons, everybody loses

Domestic abuse can involve one parent using a child as a weapon against the other parent, which harms the child in immense ways. My research has identified how these dynamics play out and examines the damage.

September 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kari Gunter-Seymour: An Appalachian Woman’s Guide to Beer Drinking

Drink to the twisted torch of freedom, washed down
with fracking waste, red clay dust, the bitter soot
of coal’s see ya later sucka!

September 28, 2022 · 11 Comments

Nicole Froio: The Future of Work Is No Work

Millions of workers left jobs in 2021 at such a scale it’s been deemed the “Great Resignation.”

September 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: The Unicorn Is in Captivity and No Longer Dead

Which do I like better, someone asks, fork or spoon?
And I reply, That’s not a question for Thursday.
Ask me instead how I lost my virginity,

September 26, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Unsafe Passage: on board a refugee rescue ship racing for Europe

An overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe – triggering a high-stakes showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back. As the Libyans issue armed threats, tension grows below deck. With European countries’ responsibilities toward refugees once again in the spotlight, here is an inside view of the desperate hope that is the deadly race for Europe.

September 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Cast Out with Love

The Poetic Reconstruction of a Cornish Gansey, from Sheep to Sea.

September 24, 2022 · 11 Comments

Travis Lupick: Gabor Maté And The Myth of Normal

Celebrated physician Gabor Maté discusses how our toxic culture is making us ill.

September 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Restrained Brain

Self-restraint goes hand in hand with the good life. Can brain science help us get a grip?

September 17, 2022 · 7 Comments

Abby Zimet: He Who Hath Not A Uterus Should Shut the Fucketh Up – Fallopians 13:13

On a good day for duplicitous zealots peculiarly fixated on controlling women’s bodies, Lindsey Graham, a childless, partnerless ghoul who’s never experienced any pregnancy welcome or not, proposed a nationwide abortion ban backed only by a tiny, rabid minority…

September 16, 2022 · 8 Comments

Tiffani Patton: How a Methodist Preacher Became a Champion for Black-Led Sustainable Agriculture

Drought and extreme heat notwithstanding, Hutson said his dream—to make Allensworth once again a beacon of hope for Americans of color—is slowly becoming a reality.

September 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Barbara Hamby: Letter to a Lost Friend

There must be a Russian word to describe what has happened
between us, like ostyt, which can be used
for a cup of  tea that is too hot, but after you walk to the next room,
and return, it is too cool

September 12, 2022 · 2 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: To No One in Particular

I am never happy to see summer go,
earth stripped of its finest voice.

September 7, 2022 · 9 Comments

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