January - February 2007


In This Issue

January – February 2007





FEATURE: Magazines of the Year 

Reading the FutureWinners of the 18th Annual Utne Independent Press Awards

Hands-on PublishingThe web didn’t kill zines—it only made them stronger
by Danielle Maestretti

Outside InfluenceRaw Vision peers into a curious corner of the art world
by Keith Goetzman

Change? SíLatin America points the way for progressive politics, and the NACLA Report is on the story
by Joseph Hart

The NomineesThe full list of this year’s 107 nominees



Steeped in TeaThe social significance of one hot drink
by Andy Isaacson

The Future of Fair Trade Tea 


FEATURE: Video Games

Playing with Our HeadsWhy video games are making our kids smarter—and more obedient
by Chris Suellentrop, from the Wilson Quarterly 


FEATURE: Eye on the Sky

Messages from AboveWhy the clouds are worth watching
by Chris Dodge


Emerging Ideas

Our BlackBerries, OurselvesHow our technologically driven “talk culture” stunts self-expression and sacrifices autonomy
by Liz Else, from the New Scientist

Cycling for ChangeProject Rwanda helps repair bikes and lives in a scarred country
by Kristen Mueller

For Their Eyes OnlyA secret program to make government history… history.
by Bennett Gordon

Plus: Degrees of Change, e-waste eradication, a fair share of fair trade, power walking, & more


Mixed Media

What’s Your StoryThe radio documentary boom has people talking
by Kiera Butler, from Columbia Journalism Review 

Straight Outta El AltoA revolutionary hip-hop scene emerges in Bolivia
by Benjamin Dangl, from Toward Freedom 

Hooked on NollywoodNigeria’s film industry charts its own strange course
by Jonathan Kiefer, from Maisonneuve 


Mindful Living

The Deeper Meaning of MindfulnessAt the root of the latest Buddhist buzzword lies a challenging path to enlightenment
by Thubten Chodron, from Shambhala Sun 

Women Gone WildA seasoned adventurer no longer cares to keep up with the boys
by Pam Houston, from Women’s Adventure 

Majoring in OrganicsA degree program in organic agriculture modes a holistic future for farming
by Paul Henderson, from Alternatives Journal 



Hillbilly Lit
The JT LeRoy literary hoax raises hackles in Appalachia
by Ann Magnuson, from the Gazz 

Blue-Eyed Wonder
Let the tongues wag—this baby is mine
by Sarah A. Ongiri, from Hip Mama 

An Orchestrated AttackWar’s sound track echoes from Dresden to Baghdad
by David Griffith, from the book A Good War Is Hard to Find 

The Cat Came BackTime stands still when the watcher becomes the watched
by Craig Childs, from High Country News 



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

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