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Table of Contents: Fall 2017

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Emerging Ideas


Public Banking Goes to Pot
Can the cannabis industry help launch the nation’s first public bank in nearly a century?
by Jeremy Lybarger, from High Country News

Faint Sounds, Loud Impact
At the edge of our industrialized wildlands, Kurt Fristrup is listening.
Interview by Timothy A. Schuler, from Landscape Architecture Magazine


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Living Death
Keeping the culture of Indigenous peoples alive through the power of storytelling
by Siku Allooloo, from Briarpatch

One Monsoon
From a continent away, a young Peace Corps worker senses all is not well back home.
by Don Messerschmidt, from The Common


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Learning From the Man Known Only as ‘Him’
Navigating the moral complexities inherent in dissecting cadavers
by Jeanette Der Bedrosian, from John Hopkins Magazine

The Lost Picture Show
After embracing magnetic tape storage, Hollywood archivists struggle to keep pace with the technology.
by Marty Perlmutter, from IEEE Spectrum

Imagining Sanskrit Land
Religious nationalism and transglobal yoga
by Patrick McCartney, from Arena Magazine


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Too Sick to Go Home – Too Poor to Get Better
Micronesian migrants struggle for health care in U.S.
by Krista Langlois, from The New Territory

Maroons and the Dismal Swamp
One road out of slavery took you straight into the boggiest place you’ve ever been.
by William H. Funk, from Humanities

Extra Kindness for the Most Vulnerable (and Resilient) Mariposas
LGBTQ refugees and immigrants often lack a supportive network of fellow nationals – but now that’s changing.
by Norman Allen, from YES! Magazine

A List of My Utopias
A collection of utopias and a reflection of life.
by Debbie Urbanski, from The Sun

Mindful Living

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A World Ever at Its End
Living amid the destruction of everything we ever knew
by Douglas Penick, from Tricycle

Meeting Nature as a Presence
Aldo Leopold and the deeper nature of Nature
by Craig Holdrege, from In Context

Mixed Media

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Rap on Trial
Are rap lyrics about crime evidence of real criminality?
by Matthew Dewald, from University of Richmond Magazine

Family Values
The women of the Addams Family as the Divine Feminine
by Gabriela Herstik, from Sabat Magazine

Propagandopoly: Monopoly as an Ideological Tool
Known around the world as a symbol of both the fun and folly of capitalism, Monopoly has often been viewed as a vehicle for political indoctrination.
by Naomi Russo, from Works That Work

Technician of the Sacred
Three recent books demonstrate that John Cage is overdue for a populist revival
by Tim Keane, from Utne Reader

Editor’s Note
by Ben Sauder

by Eric Utne

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