Category: Alternative

The Trump of July

Now that Independence Day is here, Donald Trump can roll out his “Salute to America” — also known as, “Salute to Me” — in all its glory. I’m hoping we aren’t too distracted by MAGA hats and Trump tanks to actually take...

/ July 5, 2019

Education Reformers Still Don’t Understand Racism

Former President Barack Obama caused a stir on Twitter recently after he retweeted an article written by charter school advocate Nick Hanauer, commenting, “the article is a reminder that education reform isn’t a cure all.” In his article, Hanauer laments...

/ July 5, 2019

This Independence Day, celebrate the tree, not the tank

Instead of the rocket's red glare and bombs bursting in air, remember the Liberty Tree.As tanks prepare to drive through Washington and B2 bombers to fly over it, perhaps it is time to remember what might have been a more...

/ July 4, 2019

15 of the most remarkable trees in America

From the world's largest to ones that were here long before the Mayflower, these noble trees are nothing less than U.S. national treasures. While they aren't celebrated as much as they should be, few things are as iconic as a...

/ July 3, 2019

An Alabama Shooting Shows How Badly We Need Reproductive Rights

A pregnant woman is shot in the stomach and miscarries. Can the baby’s mother be charged with the fetus’s death?  This sounds like a law exam question I might have posed to my students to encourage critical thinking about law,...

/ July 3, 2019

Japanese Internment Camp Survivor: ‘Never Again Is NOW!’

Satsuki Ina was born behind the barbed wire of California’s Tule Lake Segregation Center, a maximum-security concentration camp for Japenese Americans during World War II. Her family’s house and property in San Francisco was seized in 1942, as they were...

/ July 3, 2019

4 health benefits of figs

These beautiful fruits taste so deliciously sweet, it's hard to believe they're also really good for you. August is fig season, which runs through October each year. Multiple varieties of figs will beckon from grocery store shelves, like the Black...

/ July 2, 2019

The Social Movement Photography of David Bacon: After Cesar Chavez, United Fruit Workers Tell the World, “We’re Still Here.”

We’re delighted to share the fourth of a multi-part series from the archives of photographer David Bacon. This part tells of a march held a year after the death of human rights and labor organizer Cesar Chavez and subsequent rebuilding of the...

/ July 2, 2019

California heatwave cooks mussels in their shells

Exposed by low tide and bereft of a cooling breeze, the mollusks overheated to the point of cooking.Context is everything when it comes to cooked mussels. In a bowl, served in a white wine-garlic sauce with a crusty baguette for...

/ July 1, 2019

Citizen M hotel is a demonstration of the promise of prefabrication

It's an industrial design approach, a product that is refined almost to perfection.A problem with architecture is everything is pretty much a one-off. An architect's work evolves and is built on precedent, but you can't give the next client exactly...

/ June 29, 2019

Smart Ass Cripple: Happy Birthday Olmstead

Lois Curtis voluntarily entered the psychiatric unit of the Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta in May 1992. She had an intellectual disability and was also diagnosed with schizophrenia. A year later, she wanted to move out of the hospital and...

/ June 29, 2019

The Conflict with Iran Is Rooted in Two Views of History

Tensions between the United States and Iran have continued to rise in recent weeks. In the early hours of Thursday June 20, Iran shot down an unpiloted U.S. drone aircraft flying in what it claimed was Iranian territorial airspace. The next...

/ June 29, 2019

Why wasps attack and how to avoid them

The mob mentality of social wasps can create a furious swarm when even just a single insect is aggravated, here’s the reason and why it matters.There is nothing like a mad swarm of irked hornets or yellow jackets hot on...

/ June 28, 2019

5 ways to make healthy cooking easier

It's the eternal struggle for anyone tasked with feeding themselves."How do I make healthy cooking easier?" This is one of the questions tackled earlier this month on the College Info Geek podcast, in response to a question submitted by a...

/ June 28, 2019

Who Won the Democratic Food Fight?

Kamala Harris knows how to win a debate. That was one of the few clear takeaways from two rounds of debates featuring twenty Democratic presidential aspirants that  Harris herself characterized as a “food fight.” Making her case to the jury...

/ June 28, 2019

Grandmother, grandfather among rare whales who’ve died in 3 weeks

Already suffering a perilous decline, the deaths of 4 North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this month doesn't bode well for the species.Pity the whales. These majestic gentle giants rule the seas, but they're having a...

/ June 27, 2019

Cement production makes more CO2 than all the trucks in the world

But nobody is buying greener cement because it costs more.Whenever anyone complains about the carbon footprint of making cement, and how it is responsible for 7 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions, the industry responds saying “we’re working on it!”...

/ June 26, 2019

Are Campus Activists Missing the Point?

In April 2018, I attended a protest in support of Harvard University Health Services employee Mayli Shing. Shing claimed she was fired after she reported workplace sexual harassment and racism. Harvard claimed she was fired for “insubordinate conduct.” It was...

/ June 26, 2019

Would you do an 18-day Mystery Trip through the Middle East?

Intrepid Travel's latest offering is an uncharted journey that starts in Tehran and ends in Istanbul.When Intrepid Travel was founded 30 years ago, it placed ads in newspapers, calling people to explore the world with no further details. Clearly the...

/ June 25, 2019

On Mexico’s Southern Border with its New National Guard

On June 7, to avoid the imposition of U.S. tariffs on Mexican products, Mexican authorities agreed to implement a plan to contain migrants, many making their way from Central American countries north to the United States.  The country plans to...

/ June 25, 2019