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Music Picks: Spring 2013 Music Picks: Spring 2013
Hurricane Sandy relief, benefits for U.S.-Mexico border crossers, and other musical inspiration while putting together the Spring 2013 issue.
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
Animal Odd Couples Animal Odd Couples
Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me” Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me”
To cope with intense loneliness after moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher offered to write an old-fashioned love letter to any stranger who needed one. She never guessed how many people she would ultimately reach.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization 20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
Cartoon: Hank D and the Bee: Unexpected Weather Cartoon: Hank D and the Bee: Unexpected Weather
by Joe Mohr
“Africa for Norway” Global Aid Spoof Goes Viral “Africa for Norway” Global Aid Spoof Goes Viral
by Ayla Harbin
“There’s heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share,” quips this parody of overblown charity fundraisers that’s blowing up the Web. The purpose? To swap stereotypes for real needs.
Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy
Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-center on communities.
Cartoon: Windmills Cartoon: Windmills
by Joe Mohr
Comics with an environmental edge.
Book Review: “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara Book Review: “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara
by Corey Hill
From Activist to Zapatista, this “children’s book for the 99 percent” infuses the alphabet with the energy and consciousness of Occupy Wall Street.
Music Picks: Winter 2013 Music Picks: Winter 2013
Anna Ternheim, Jerry Jeff Walker, and other inspiration while putting together the Winter 2013 issue.
Rapper 2 Chainz: Ex-Felons Can Get Their Voting Rights Back Rapper 2 Chainz: Ex-Felons Can Get Their Voting Rights Back
One the biggest voting myths is that those with felonies on their record have lost the right to vote forever. Here’s how you can get re-enfranchised.
The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals The City is Our Canvas: A Bay Area Tour, in Murals
From the alleys of San Francisco to the streets of West Oakland, murals are cropping up throughout the Bay Area with themes as diverse as the artists who paint them.
Photo Essay: Israelis and Palestinians Join Up to Rebuild Homes Photo Essay: Israelis and Palestinians Join Up to Rebuild Homes
by Ben Guss
Volunteers from both the Jewish and Arab sides of the conflict join forces to rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli government.
Photo Essay: Portraits of Americans at Work Photo Essay: Portraits of Americans at Work
by Caleb Ferguson
Photographer Caleb Ferguson goes cross-country to document the diversity of the American workforce.
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