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Kristofer Collins: Gene’s Last Chance

Pity Gene for washing up here
dry as no August ever was
in Pittsburgh, scorched and sanded
of tongue and bereft of options.

August 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

M. Nelson, P. Groffman: Climate change is already disrupting US forests and coasts – here’s what we’re seeing at 5 long-term research sites

Here are snapshots of what we’re seeing firsthand in the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network sites, from the effect of increasing fires in Oregon’s Cascades to shifting marine life off the coast of Maine, and surprising resilience in Baltimore’s urban forests.

August 4, 2021 · 1 Comment

Hanan Abukmail: A Doctor’s Torment

Weeks have gone by since the fourth Israeli war on Gaza came to a close. And although the world has moved on, we in Gaza are left to pick up the pieces. And me? I find myself questioning my decision to become a physician.

August 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: The Global Movement to Restore Nature’s Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the key to life on Earth and reviving our damaged planet, says ecologist Thomas Crowther. Sharing the inside story of his headline-making research on reforestation, which led to the UN’s viral Trillion Trees Campaign, Crowther introduces Restor: an expansive, informative platform built to enable anyone, anywhere to help restore the biodiversity of Earth’s ecosystems.

August 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: The Gravestone and the Continuing Self

When I was in my twenties I thought old age was an island only accessible by a bridge I’d never cross. But I’ve crossed it, and at seventy-eight the subject … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 9 Comments

Rose Mary Boehm: “Leisure” by Hans Magnus Enzensberg

lawn mower, sunday
decapitating the seconds
and the grass.

August 1, 2021 · 3 Comments

Audio: Gregory Corso reads his poem “Marriage”

Beat generation poet Gregory Corso reads his classic poem “Marriage” from his book, The Happy Birthday of Death, first published in 1960.

July 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Marianne Moore: Marriage

I wonder what Adam and Eve
think of it by this time,
this firegilt steel
alive with goldenness…

July 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Slipping Free of the Shame To Say His Name, Now More Than Ever

If he’d been allowed to live his “one wild and precious life,” Sunday July 25 would have been the 80th birthday of Emmett Till, who at 14 was kidnapped, whipped, … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Forbidden Word

Is America a Failed Empire?

July 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Aviva Chomsky: Migration Is Not the Crisis

What Washington Could Really Do in Central America

July 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tim Radford: Lentils can feed the world – and save wildlife too

Our research shows that there is potential for giving large areas of land back to wildlife. Restoring native ecosystems not only helps the climate; when coupled with reduced livestock populations, restoration reduced disease transmission from wildlife to pigs, chickens and cows, and ultimately to humans.

July 26, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: The unheard story of the Sistine Chapel | Elizabeth Lev

Elizabeth Lev’s experience studying and teaching art has led her to believe that when we encounter something beautiful, we are made vulnerable and opened to the truth.

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Hurray For the Riff Raff | PA’LANTE

Winner of the 2019 Jury Award at SXSW, Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s music video PA’LANTE performed by Hurray for the Riff Raff  takes us inside the Puerto Rican experience of life post Hurricane Maria and the pressures facing an estranged family attempting to reconnect amid the wreckage.

July 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

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