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Migration to Germany

Migration to Germany

Once it was clear the number of refugees arriving in Germany would top one million, reactions varied dramatically. Months later, a divided society is still debating its role as a refuge for the second time since the end of the cold war.

Flood on the Levee

Flood on the Levee

Last fall I rode 1500 miles from Taos, New Mexico to New Orleans on a 1983 Yamaha xs-650. It was my first solo, long distance bike trip and New Orleans — a legendary city — seemed like a good destination.

Shuhada Street

Shuhada Street

Checkpoint 56, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a fearsome sight to behold. Flashed before your eyes in a Rorschach test, it could be taken for a high-voltage substation, or an industrial meat grinder.

Shakydad

Shakydad

Rob Kendrick — aka Shakydad — is a highly successful guy with Parkinson’s Disease. Listen to him reflect on the challenges and changes Parkinson’s has offered up, for worse and for better.

Room for the River

Room for the River

Rising seas linked to climate change pose a major threat to coastal cities around the world. Dutch engineers are designing nature-based flood control systems that are cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly.

Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising

A mild mid-March in Canada’s notoriously frigid prairie capital cannot be definitively pinned on global climate change. Still, for anyone willing to listen, read and watch, the writing is on the wall. Earth is warming — and fast.

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Shuhada Street

Shuhada Street

Checkpoint 56, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a fearsome sight to behold. Flashed before your eyes in a Rorschach test, it could be taken for a high-voltage substation, or an industrial meat grinder.

Shakydad

Shakydad

Rob Kendrick — aka Shakydad — is a highly successful guy with Parkinson’s Disease. Listen to him reflect on the challenges and changes Parkinson’s has offered up, for worse and for better.

Dovid Ben-Meir

Dovid Ben-Meir

Back in 2012, on a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories, I set out to speak with someone who refers to these gorgeous lands as “Judea” and “Samaria.” That is to say, with a Jewish settler.

Secret Lives of Plants

Secret Lives of Plants

In an agronomy lab and farm field in Montpellier, France, scientists are uncovering the secrets of one of the world’s great crops. The potential spin-offs for global green economies are huge.

Fungi

Fungi

Picture a landscape buried beneath a sky-high heap of dead plants and animal corpses. This is what Earth’s surface would look like if it weren’t for fungi. Fungi are the biosphere’s recyclers. Human society depends on them absolutely.

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Migration to Germany

Migration to Germany

Once it was clear the number of refugees arriving in Germany would top one million, reactions varied dramatically. Months later, a divided society is still debating its role as a refuge for the second time since the end of the cold war.

Flood on the Levee

Flood on the Levee

Last fall I rode 1500 miles from Taos, New Mexico to New Orleans on a 1983 Yamaha xs-650. It was my first solo, long distance bike trip and New Orleans — a legendary city — seemed like a good destination.

Shuhada Street

Shuhada Street

Checkpoint 56, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a fearsome sight to behold. Flashed before your eyes in a Rorschach test, it could be taken for a high-voltage substation, or an industrial meat grinder.

Shakydad

Shakydad

Rob Kendrick — aka Shakydad — is a highly successful guy with Parkinson’s Disease. Listen to him reflect on the challenges and changes Parkinson’s has offered up, for worse and for better.

Room for the River

Room for the River

Rising seas linked to climate change pose a major threat to coastal cities around the world. Dutch engineers are designing nature-based flood control systems that are cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly.

Temperature Rising

Temperature Rising

A mild mid-March in Canada’s notoriously frigid prairie capital cannot be definitively pinned on global climate change. Still, for anyone willing to listen, read and watch, the writing is on the wall. Earth is warming — and fast.

Camphill

Camphill

Camphill residents would never describe their community as an institution. It’s home, community, and a way of life.

Sex & the Brain

Sex & the Brain

Men are from Mars, women from Venus, a bestseller claims. Science confirms: male and female brains are wired differently, possibly explaining a lot,

Low Carbon Futures

Low Carbon Futures

Will global capitalism eventually wean itself off fossil fuels? Can wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy sources generate enough joules to drive permanent economic growth? Should carbon emissions be taxed?

Dystonia

Dystonia

Up to twenty percent of working musicians get struck by focal dystonia at some point. So do writers, athletes, craftspeople … an estimated 300,000 North Americans. The underlying problem? Normal brain plasticity gone rogue.

Peace Through Basketball

Peace Through Basketball

A year-round program of bi-communal basketball games helps Greek and Turkish Cypriot teens shed stereotypes and make friends while modeling coexistence on a divided island.

Gut-Brain Axis

Gut-Brain Axis

You are what you eat — so the saying goes. In fact, the trillions of bacteria inhabiting your gut also eat what you eat, and turn meals into molecules that affect your brain.