Table of Contents: March-April 2008

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In This Issue:

March-April 2008

Feature: Office Culture

Are We Having Fun Yet?The infantilization of corporate America
by Matt Labash, from the Weekly Standard

White CollaredWhen did our jobs turn into a joke?
by Julie Hanus

Feature: The New Green 

Environmental Justice for AllHow to save our cities, revive the economy, and green the planet–all at the same time
by Leyla Kokmen

Global Warming Is Color-Blind
It’s time for the environmental movement to embrace diversity
by Jennifer Oladipo, from Orion

The Temperature Transcends Race
Michael Shellenberger, coauthor of “The Death of Environmentalism,” takes on race-based advocacy
interview by Hannah Lobel

Feature: Music Lovers

Really Fresh AirA public radio station that seriously rocks
by James Diers

Good Karma in StereoAt the Anti- label, it’s all about the music
by Marc Weingarten

Play that Funky VinylWax Poetics keeps obsessive record collectors obsessing
by Rob Harvilla

Feature: Rio’s Roots

Slave Songs in BrazilA country’s elders preserve its cultural past
by Elizabeth Dwoskin, photos by Lídio Parente

Web Exclusive: Rio’s Roots
Watch an audio slide show and hear samples of Brazilian music from the Griô Action program.

Emerging Ideas

Faith in Diplomacy
Religion is crucial to negotiating peace
by Marshall Breger, from Moment

Bush Hits the Delete Button
Public information the administration doesn’t want you to see
by Paul Kiel, from

A User-Friendly Computer VirusEpidemiologists study online gamers in hopes of preventing a pandemic
by Brian Vastag, from Science News

Plus:When Nerds Turn Into Jocks, A Greener Mailbox, Grounding the Air Force

Mixed Media

Under the Glue Gun
Hip crafters can run but not hide from Martha Stewart
by Jamie Passaro, from Oregon Humanities

Letting Their Freak Flags FlyThe sideshow isn’t dead, it’s just more ironic
by Sacha Evans, from Polite

Into the FireTony Kaye’s abortion documentary gives both sides equal time
interview by Anthony Kaufman

Plus: Book Reviews, Music Reviews, Film Reviews

Mindful Living

Guilty LiberalsDo your best, but don’t burn out on shame
by Joseph Hart

Pretty Knitty Titties
A cancer survivor’s crafty approach to prosthetic breasts
by Julie Hanus

Learn to Sit StillMeditation is simple: Just stop thinking about thinking
by Brad Warner, from Tricycle

Savvy Sipping
How not to drink herbal teas
by Julie Hanus

Circles of CareNew programs help people care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s
by Matthew Wheeland, from Greater Good

Don’t Flush the Ambien!
An ecofriendly strategy for disposing of prescription drugs
by Lisa Owens Viani, from Terrain


A Split Second. A Life’s Sentence.It’s those seemingly inconsequential choices that turn innocents into outlaws
by Andrew Papke, from the Texas Observer

To My One Love
A shocking photograph summons tender memories for a Nigerian woman
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Granta

For a Man, There’s an Order in Life
It all starts with a good truck . . .
by James Opie, from Parabola

Columns & Letters

Editor’s Note: Songs About…LettersShelf Life: Feminism 2.0
Web Exclusive: More on the Feminist Blogosphere

Heartland: A Leader Is Born

In-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.