For Immediate Release
David Schimke, editor in chief, (612) 338-5040 x325, 
Rachel Smith, public relations specialist, (785) 274-4441,

 Inside the May-June Issue of Utne Reader, 
on newsstands April 20
Utne Independent Press Awards nominees, TV weathercasters against climate change, and Osama bin Laden’s personal tape collection


Utne Names its 21st Annual Independent Press Awards Nominees — Find out which 72 magazines Utne recognizes for their outstanding work in alternative media last year. Page 48

Weathercasters Dismiss Climate Change — A number of TV weathercasters believe climate change is a scam, and they are not keeping it to themselves. Plus, Utne’s interview with straight-talking weatherman Paul Douglas. Page 58

Listening in on Jihadis at Home — University of California at Davis professor Flagg Miller has spent years trying to make sense of hundreds of audio tapes from Osama bin Laden’s personal collection. Page 30

Choosing to be Gay — Same-sex love is a choice — and it’s time activists start saying so. Page 27

How to Gauge Friendship When Everyone’s Your “Friend” — In an age when everyone can be connected to friends online, truly deep and meaningful friendships have devolved, leaving us more alone than ever before. Page 38

Monks Combine Peacemaking and Militancy — Buddhists aren’t immune to anger or fear; in fact these “peaceful” monks sometimes have a surprisingly violent past. Page 68

 and much more …

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 About Ogden Publications Inc. 
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