March-April 2010




Image of FocusA Nation DistractedWhat we risk by being so unfocused and how to start paying better attentionby Maggie Jackson, from the book Distracted 

The Focused LifeIf all the world’s a stage, where should you shine your spotlight?by Winifred Gallagher, from the book Rapt 





Dark Side of DairiesThe Dark Side of DairiesEvery day, agricultural workers risk their lives to produce America’s milkby Rebecca Clarren, from High Country News 




PrisonsJailing the American DreamProfits, poverty, and injustice collide in borderland prisonsby Tom Barry, from Boston Review 

Getting Smart on CrimeIncarceration increases recidivism, which is why rehabilitation is becoming a bipartisan causeby Adam Serwer, from The American Prospect 

Busting OutTen things citizens can do to reduce incarcerationby Paul Butler, from The Nation 



Emerging Ideas  

Emerging Ideas M-A 2010Beyond PTSDAn innovative program treats soldiers’ head wounds 
by Joan O’C. Hamilton, from Stanford 

Slow ConsumptionWhy we need to start making stuff that lasts 
by Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, from In These Times 

Meet the New NannyDomestic Workers United fights for a progressive bill of rights 
by Premilla Nadasen, from Ms. 

One Student at a TimeGiving young refugees the tools to rebuild Iraq 
by Rosalie G. Riegle, from Sojourners 



Gleanings MA 2010Boots on the GroundA day in the life of a border sheriff 
by Melissa del Bosque, from The Texas Observer 

Fear ItselfAIDS stigma destroys careers and friendships 
by Regan Hofmann, from POZ 

Seeing SkinheadA train ride turns ugly, and cooler heads prevail 
by Lenelle Moïse, from make/shift 

Why God Wanted to Be HumanWith the last bowl of soup comes an unexpected miracle 
by Patrick Hannon, from Portland 


Mindful Living 

ML- MA 2010Solidarity, Not CharityVolunteers in New Orleans are hindering progress 
by Sara Falconer, from Briarpatch 

When the Doctor’s AwayHelping people overwhelmed by illness navigate their care 
by Jenny Price, from On Wisconsin 

Pants on FireCurtis White on why we’re eco-liars 
interview by Cheston Knapp, from Tin House 


Mixed Media 

Mixed Media MA 2010How to Watch a DocumentaryTake it from a pro: What you don’t see matters 
by Andrea Palpant Dilley, from Geez 

Music from Thin AirBobby Skinner is serious about the theremin 
by Jason Hutter, from OffBeat 

Child Soldiers, Child ActorsA director chooses his battle-tested cast 
interview by Jonathan Romney, from Sight & Sound 

Plus: Musicfilm, and book reviews 


Editor’s NoteThe Long Haulby David Schimke

Shelf LifeBreaking Freeby Danielle Maestretti

ForwardWhen Growth Isn’t Goodby Eric Utne


Dispatches from: 

In These TimesThe Nation, Global JournalistSocialist ReviewNext American CityJohns Hopkins Public Health, The ProgressiveWashington MonthlyTechnology ReviewThe American ProspectTricycleDiscoverMother JonesNew ScientistBlackFlashBitch 

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