Table of Contents: November-December 2008
In This Issue
50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your Worldby Keith Goetzman, Julie Hanus, Judith Lewis, Hannah Lobel, Danielle Maestretti, and Elizabeth Ryan
FEATURE: Your Brain on Music
Blue NotesUnderstanding the life-giving link between mood and musical expression
by Moira Farr, from the Walrus
Literary InterludesGreat readings on why music moves us
FEATURE: Detroit Blog City
Bloggers vs. BlightAn online community beats back urban decay in Detroit
by Megan Garber, from Columbia Journalism Review
FEATURE: Giving Till it Hurts
The New ColonialistsHumanitarian groups and well-meaning charities keep failing countries afloat. They also create a crippling cycle of dependence.
by Michael A. Cohen, Maria Figueroa Küpçü, and Parag Khanna, from Foreign Policy
Meet the “Green” BeretsArmed eco-troops might be Mother Nature’s last defense
by Andrew Wasley, from the Ecologist
The Power of ONEsiesMomsRising.org marshals maternal forces for political battle
by Nanette Fondas, from Tikkun
English Die SoonGlobal web geeks are killing the Queen’s English. Good riddance.
by Annalee Newitz, from San Francisco Bay Guardian
Plus: Children of the Night, Doctors Without Managers, Petroleum = Patriarchy, Mega-Mosques Rising, Womens Primary Problem, Four Wheelin’, Don’t Take the Escalator, Indentured Students
Baghdad’s Roaring TwentiesA new CD takes listeners back to the streets of a forever lost, fabulous-sounding Iraq
by Rachel Aspden, from New Statesman
As the World Turns on Its TVEver caught that cheesy Mexican soap down the dial? Chances are it’s an international hit.
by Pablo Helguera, from Vice
Lights, Camera, SandstormsA Saharan refugee camp hosts the world’s most remote film festival
by Beatrice Newbery, from Developments
Plus:Film Reviews, Book Reviews, Music Reviews
Save Energy, Skip the Insanity
Don’t have time to render earwax for cooking fuel? Neither do we.
by Kari Volkmann-Carlsen
Greener Than ThouBoston’s eco-zealots pick up where the Puritans left off
by Joe Keohane, from Boston magazine
An Addict’s Last RefugePrescribing an illegal drug that quells deadly cravings
by Peter Tupper, from This Magazine
Blood and GutsAn urban farmer talks about butchering the turkey she raised
interview by Amy Standen, from Meatpaper
The Grizz-indGiving props to young rappers and their homemade CDs
by Davy Rothbart, from the Believer
Turkey Day in the ClinkAn insider’s guide to jailhouse cuisine
by Sean Rowe, from Oxford American
I Believe in Deviled EggsSermons be damned. It’s the little rituals that stir the spirit.
by Angela Long, from Geez
Trains, Planes, and Bar CarsRiding the rails is easier on the earth than flying, and could be way more fun
by J.B. MacKinnon, from Explore
COLUMNS AND LETTERS
Editor’s Note: That Vision Thing
Shelf Life: A Criminally Insane SystemForward: Older, Wiser, Back for More
How Cryptocurrency Can Help Alleviate Global Poverty
Create wealth equality and define the middle class by leveraging new technology while deploying economic systems free from discrimination.
The Reparations of History
What the modern world owes slavery.
How to Turn Neighborhoods Into Hubs of Resilience
Three places showing how to make the transition from domination and resource extraction to regeneration and interdependence.