Jan-Feb 2008 



In This Issue

January-February 2008




FEATURE: The Nuclear Option 

Atomic DreamsHow the nuclear lobby is spinning liberals, lawmakers, and grassroots environmentalists
by Jason Mark, from Earth Island Journal 


FEATURE: Obesity Obsession 

Shame on UsHow an obsession with obesity turned fat into a moral failing
by Hannah Lobel

Love Your Fat SelfRejecting fear, loathing, and sacrifice
by Courtney E. Martin, from the book Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body 

The Food PoliceWhy Michael Pollan makes me want to eat Cheetos
by Julie Guthman, from Gastronomica 


FEATURE: The Winners 

Utne Independent Press Awards2007’s most important voices


FEATURE: 9/11 Conspiracy 

Towers of BabbleThe freaks and geeks in the 9/11 Truth movement are on to something—they just don’t know what
by Paul Constant, from the Stranger 


Emerging Ideas 

Civic CasualtiesBetter military policy starts with educating civilians
by Jessica Chapman

Street-Smart SchoolingA bus-turned-classroom opens doors for Mumbai’s street kids
by Brent Lewin, from Verge 

The Katrina ExpressHurricane survivors take their FEMA trailers on the road to show and tell
by Derrick Evans, from Dollars & Sense 


Mixed Media 

Graphic ActivistA Zimbabwean designer’s political posters hit you in the gut
by Beandrea Davis, from ColorLines 

At the Top of Their LungsKids young and old make a joyful noise at Music Together classes
by Erika Alexia Tsoukanelis, from Chronogram 

Raking Moscow’s MuckA feisty Russian newspaper perseveres after a reporter’s murder
by Claire Davenport, from Red Pepper 


Mindful Living 

Faith Without Borders
For Perennialists, all religions lead to God
by Jon Spayde

Sunny Side UpPasture-raised hens aren’t just happier: Their eggs are better for you
by Cara Binder

Tee-d OffThere’s no such thing as a free shirt
by Amy Roe, from the Bear Deluxe 

Who You Gonna Call?An exterminator dumps the chemicals and gets creative
by Laura Wright, from OnEarth 

Have an Average DayEnjoying the ordinary is extraordinary
by Michael Neill, from Catalyst 



Walk on the Wilshire SideLos Angeles teens find freedom in a 13-mile trek from downtown to the beach
by Judith Lewis, from Sierra 

Waiting on MemoryA caregiver fights Alzheimer’s disease with empathy and little white lies
by Lauren Kessler, from the book Dancing with Rose 

Portrait of the Artist as a KindergartnerWhen you’re yearning to impress a teacher, drawing outside the lines is just the beginning
by William C. White, from Law & Politics 


Editor’s Noteby David Schimke
Shelf Life 
by Danielle Maestretti
Heartlandby Nina Utne

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