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January-February 2011


Pride at Work
The value of treating the employed and the jobless with respect
by Bette Lynch Husted, from Oregon Humanities

Doing the Limbo
In Middle America, the middle-aged struggle to stay middle class
by Andy Kroll, from

It’s the Unions, Jack
Why America’s working class would fare better in a social democracy
by Thomas Geoghegan, from Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? 

Time to Get Paid
Americans don’t need jobs, they need good jobs
by Peter Dreier, from The American Prospect

Cutting Class
What we talk about when we talk about work 
by Brad Zellar 

Everybody Counts

A guy goes door-to-door for the census and discovers democracy
by Brad Edmondson, from The American Scholar

Birds Not Bombs
An Iraqi American works to restore his native country’s valuable marshlands
by Samiha Shafy, from Der Spiegel

The Dude Abides
Jeff Bridges riffs on meditation, laziness, and his “groovy” Buddhist beliefs
interview by Katy Butler, from Tricycle

The Conspiracy Channel
With a larger staff than Fox News, a worldwide Russian TV network spreads a unique brand of anti-American propaganda
by Sonia Scherr, from Intelligence Report


Humanoid Rights
The ACLU studies science fiction by Adam Serwer, from The American Prospect

The Secession Solution
A plea for the Independent States of America by Kirkpatrick Sale, from Chronicles

Genetic Engineering for Good
A researcher modifies crops to feed the hungry by Erik Vance, from Conservation


Larry King Is the Future
And other signs of the coming apocalypse by Jack Pendarvis, from The Oxford American

Things That Went Bump in the Night
A grieving mother hangs on for a haunting by Anna Belle Kaufman, from Calyx

Learning from White Castle
A Brooklyn vegetarian gives grease a chance by Dave Kim, from The Brooklyn Rail


You Gotta Believe
America‘s addiction to blind faith by Brian Trent, from The Humanist

Ten Things to Do When You’re Feeling Hopeless
Step One: Give up hope by Dave Pollard, from How to Save the World

Romancing the Random
What makes us long for the unexpected? by Akiko Busch, from American Craft

Power to the Parents
Radical childcare collectives give activists a break by Heather Bowlan, from make/shift

So Many Gods, So Little Time
The majority believes. They’re just not that interested in the details. by Keith Goetzman


Art’s Subterranean Disneyland

An audacious new “unmuseum” in Tasmania by Cristina Ruiz, from The Art Newspaper

This Is How They Roll
Physically integrated dance companies cross barriers by Josie Byzek, from New Mobility

Spray Tips
How Rusto lost its luster for street artists by Caleb Neelon, from imprint


Music: A World of Music, Down to the Roots, A Beast for the Senses
Black Power Generation, Banksy Strikes Again, Creative Destruction
Architecture for All, Failing the Right Way, A Walden State of Mind

Editor’s Note
The Defense Refuses to Rest
by David Schimke

Android Nightmares
by Eric Utne

Dispatches from:

Foreign Policy, Yes!, Indypendent, High Country News, Ode, Free Inquiry, The Oxford American, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired, Psychology Today, Governing, New Humanist, New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review

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