Table of Contents: January-February 2006

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January-February 2006

Calm in the Chaos

Calm in the Chaos
Find inner peace, then take it outside
by David Schimke 

Spiritual Activism
A conversation with Robert Gass and Nina Utne

Spirited Dissent
Five activists talk about staying centered
interviews by Kristin Ohlson 

The Real Rosa Parks
by Paul Rogat Loeb 

Utne Independent Press Awards
The winners for 2005

Hot Cocoa
Chocolate goes gourmet. But is there a dark side?
by Anjula Razdan 

Dare to Discover Your Center
If you are what you eat, what if you eat a box of chocolates?
by Theresa Cheung, from Better Than Sex: Chocolate Principles to Live By

Portrait of the Bomber as a Young Man
Why Children of England’s immigrants look to radical Islam for a sense of belonging
interview by Aatish Taseer, from Prospect

Beyond Organics
Beyond Organics
Good food is about more than standards: It’s a state of mind
by Joseph Hart 

Organic Passion Portraits
In Michael Ableman’s Fields of Plenty, farming is a labor of love

The Clean Plate Club
A clip ‘n’ save resource guide for living beyond organics

An Economy of Fail
Large-scale farming sends shock waves around the world
interview by Joseph Hart 

Market Appeal
Do you know who is growing your tomatoes?
by Julie Hanus 

Emerging Ideas
Apocalypse How?
From the insightful to the cockamamie, end-times prophecies abound. Here are a few to pencil in your date book.
by Morgan Mae Schulz 

Against the Tide
Chinese sea turtles leave the U.S. with advanced degrees and become seaweed
by Archie Ingersoll 

Read Nothing About It!
The Top Ten Censored Stories of 2005
by Hannah Lobel 

Freedom to Ride
Biking in the Big Apple can get you arrested
by Leif Utne 

Spin Factories
Think tanks on the left and right have become hollow echo chambers
by Leif Utne 

Plus: Peace conspiracies; $100 laptops; Big Mac raps; Iraq’s new pro-business constitution, the decrepit state of the U.N. building, and more 

Mixed Media
Winter Chills
A soundtrack for gray days
by Joseph Hart 

Reviews: Bobby Bare, The Tragically Hip, and more 

The Docs of War
Three new films on the war in Iraw plus seven more must-see war films
by Leif Utne 

Reviews: a John Trudell documentary, a film about making a film of a novel, and more 

Reviews: Books on the hamburger-human relationship, hard-to-define women, and poetry that has gone too far 

This Just In
What’s new in the Utne stacks 

Street Librarian
Mags that tackle transportation as if others matter
by Chris Dodge 

Mindful Living
Not Too Sexy for the Earth
The fashion industry goes green
by Andi McDaniel 

The 3R’s of Ecofashion
Reduce, reuse, and revamp
by Andi McDaniel 

Earthy and Smooth with a Hint of . . . Limestone?
Middle America’s new wine country heats up
by Laine Bergeson 

Get Off the Energy Grid
It’s easy, painless, and a great excuse to buy a flat-screen TV
by Laine Bergeson 

Plus: Hula heals, the French go le fooding, and skateboarding moms 

The Candy Monkey Raves
Things get sticky when one writer mixes candy and politics
by Steve Almond, from

When memories fade, can one ever really return home?
by Floyd Skloot, from Approximately Paradise

My Tennis Game
It was feral and godless and knew no master
by Don Gillmor, from The Walrus

How Scientists Party
Wanna raise the roof? Try liquid nitrogen.
by Alastair Bland, from Brick

The Lobster Shift
Covering the news in a city that never sleeps
by Julia F. Heming, from Columbia Journalism Review

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