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October 2010

Anya Kamenetz: DIY U, Educational Access, and The New Elitism

I just returned from a swing around some more or less non-elite colleges in the Midwest where I faced a common objection to DIY U:You talk about access. But the students being left out of the current system are the ones who need more one-on-one support, so how can online educational resources, even if they’re […]

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Houston Chronicle FuelFix Q&A: Bob Cavnar dissects the Macondo disaster

Bob Cavnar, whose brand new book is Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout, was interviewed for the Houston Chronicle’s FuelFix blog on Friday, October 22nd. Take a look! by Tom FowlerFor an oil industry executive and former drilling supervisor, Bob Cavnar can be pretty tough […]

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All About Pumpkins

Pumpkins are everywhere these days – piled high in wooden crates at the farmers market, painted on to shop windows, and sitting on your neighbor’s doorstep waiting to be carved for Halloween next week. There’s a lot more to these nutritious gourds than jack-0′-lanterns and pie, as seen in the following excerpt from Whole Foods […]

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An excerpt from Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic for National Depression Awareness Month

The following is excerpted from Bruce Levine’s Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy.During her annual physical examination, a nurse friend of mine mentioned that she had been depressed. Her hurried physician tried his best to say something empathic: “So, who’s not depressed? If you work […]

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Greenpeace blog highlights Disaster on the Horizon

Mark Floegel featured this post about Bob Cavnar’s brand new release, Disaster on the Horizon, on Friday on the blog of Greenpeace USA.I was in Venice, Louisiana in late April and early May of this year, waiting for the first oil from the blowout of BP’s Macondo well to come ashore. Journalists from across the […]

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Recipe for the Blood Moon: Lamb Chops with Meyer Lemon and Mint Gelée

The following is excerpted for the web from Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection by Jessica Prentice.Once we accept that living takes life, we can begin doing vitally important work: ensuring that farm animals and wild animals have the opportunity to lead a good life and die a good death. We need […]

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Even Fox News says “Stop the Insanity” on Marijuana

As November 2nd and California’s critical vote on Proposition 19 (which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana) draws nearer, folks from all over the political spectrum are speaking out in support of legalization. The following opinion piece from Dr. Dale Archer was posted on FoxNews.com on October 20th. I wonder if he’d get along […]

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Read an excerpt from Disaster on the Horizon, now available!

We’re thrilled to announce that Bob Cavnar’s Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout, is now available.Disaster on the Horizon is a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, which led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe on the Gulf […]

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Food in Uncertain Times: How to Grow and Store the 5 Crops You Need to Survive

by Makenna GoodmanOctober 21, 2010Having food resiliency is as much about learning how to store and use food properly as it is about growing it. The key is learning interdependence not independence.In an age of erratic weather and instability, it’s increasingly important to develop a greater self-reliance when it comes to food. And because of […]

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Excerpt from The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell featured on The Huffington Post

Today’s Huffington Post featured the following excerpt from Jamie Court’s The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell.Cancer Widow Challenges Insurer Over $450K Medical BillNever underestimate the power of one person’s story to change the world; indeed such stories may be the only thing that ever has. The sincere experiences of individuals who have suffered injustice are […]

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