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    Until the age of seven, comedian Samantha Irby had not realized that “she wasn’t white.” Her love affair with examining the oddities of white people has continued ever since. An unusually high number of Marine families reported unexplained illnesses at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Where does consciousness exist, and what is the reality of our soul if we question the basis of personal identity? Learn how to reverse the symptoms from autoimmune diseases and heal your body with functional medicine.

    Employing the ancient Chinese art of wu-wei is now being touted by modern science as a way to enrich life. Acclaimed author Susan Orlean explains her many reasons for being a writer. With traditions drawing from their ancestral past, Pagans welcome the season of Yule with wassail, pine trees, and various other festivities. With no solution in sight to America’s overflowing landfills, there is no better time than now to try zero-waste living.

    While criticizing U.S. capitalism remains taboo, Richard Wolff and David Barsamian discuss this failing economic system. How cancer treatment and related medical costs form the backbone of a thriving industry, and a look at the true cost of finding a cure. While burning biochar is less harmful than burning firewood, the fuel source would have a negative impact if produced on a large scale. Learn about the successes and failures of Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers Union and the grape boycott.

    The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have a long and complicated history that must be told in order to better understand the sacrifices of our volunteer army. Art therapy takes one woman from depression to wellness. Pursue happiness through simplicity and radically change your life for the better. Learn about the historical problems of megacities and how their presence today could negatively affect the future of our world.

    Why we can’t stop environmental degradation, even though we want to. By learning how to teach with art, the Visual Thinking Strategies curriculum, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, began. Is it possible to predict what the world will look like in 2052? Jorgen Randers thinks so, and his global forecast may surprise you.  After breaking away from monarchy, convention delegates faced theoretical indecision on the creation of a single American ruler. Who would speak first?
    Published on Feb 4, 2015


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