Table of Contents: November-December 2007

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In This Issue

November – December 2007

FEATURE: Why Are We So Angry?

All the RageWhy everyone is so angry and why we must calm down
by Andrew Santella, from Notre Dame

FEATURE: Your Green Home

Green Building for the Rest of Us
How a good idea can make it into the mainstream
by Hannah Lobel

Salvage BeautyReused building materials take a load off the environment
by Joseph Hart

Low Rent, High Tech
Affordable housing advocates build green and inspire innovation
by Hannah Lobel

Online Exclusive: Green Homes on the Range
Affordable, environmentally friendly starter homes come to the heartland
By Catherine Prewitt, from the Next American City

Online Exclusive: Green Building Resource Guide
Utne Reader’s guide to resources on green building
By Hannah Lobel

FEATURE: Magazines You’ll Love

Utne Independent Press Awards
The 111 contenders for 2007

FEATURE: Justice for All?

America IncarceratedCrime, punishment, and the question of race
by Glenn C. Loury, from Boston Review

FEATURE: Let’s Talk

A Feast of IdeasMeaningful conversation is always the main dish at Marnita’s Table
by J. Trout Lowen

Dish It UpHow to set your own table for conversation
by J. Trout Lowen

The Great DivideHow do we talk when we disagree?
interview by Julie Hanus

Emerging Ideas

Africa’s Brain Gain
Virtual schools bring hope to a war-torn continent
by Matthew Shaer

The Kid in the Corner OfficeAre Gen Y workers worth all the coddling?
by Julie Hanus

Pseudo-Science DebunkedHow to separate fact from political fiction
interview by Danielle Maestretti

The Fifth EstateCampaign “fact” checkers: A user’s guide
by Eric Kelsey and Brendan Mackie

Mixed Media

After the PolkaDisco polo is the music that Poles love to hate
by Daphne Carr, from the book Listen Again

The Doctor Is Far OutThe strange saga of a soapmaking empire comes to the screen
by Peter Schilling

Death Rays Are So YesterdayPoor science fiction–it got too close to the sun
by Bruno Maddox, from Discover

Mindful Living

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
In praise of the private life
by Jennifer Allen, from Oregon Humanities

Where Everyone Has a Seat at the TablePay-what-you-can restaurants dish up healthy fare that serves humanity
by Donna M. Owens, from Urbanite

Grease Monkeys Go GreenA new breed of car mechanics tune up the repair business
by Mark Vanderhoff, from Plenty

Wild at HeartDon’t confuse domesticated “wild” rice with the real thing
by Cara Binder

Pure FlavorA guide to avoiding pesticides in produce

Claus and Effect
Go ahead. Lie to your children.
by Elizabeth Ryan


When the Pipe Bomb Blows
In the strip-mined West, a teenager delights in destruction
by Brandon R. Schrand, from High Desert Journal

Desperately Seeking SweatpantsOne man’s trauma in Toronto’s trendiest changing room
by Ian Brown, from Explore

The Gist of EverythingLiquor, lies, and the things left unsaid
by Quade Hermann, from Geist

Before the WarRemembering an everyday life in Bosnia
by Courtney Angela Brkic, from Dissent

Editor’s Noteby David Schimke
Shelf Life: The Toughest Beat
by Danielle Maestretti
Heartland: Just Like Grandma Told Youby Nina Utne

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