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Learning and Teaching from the Heart in Troubled Times
Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger explores ways to embrace curiosity and celebrate questions in challenging times.
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Speaking of Nature
Finding language that affirms our kinship with the natural world with Robin Wall Kimmerer.
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The Axis and the Sycamore
Originally published in Orion Magazine. THIS SUMMER, I built my children a tree house. Adults build tree houses because they always wanted one when they were …
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The Space Race is Over
Paul Kingsnorth examines the collective fear of the future and the resurgent concept of space colonization. He urges us to deflect the delusions created by …
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The Skeleton of the Isle de Jean Charles
Walk, as residents once did before the promise of oil brought a paved road, out to the Isle de Jean Charles and your gut will tell you what you already logically …
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Forty Days
Paul Kingsnorth urges us to contemplate the productive meanings of loneliness and withdrawal. He explains and reinterprets his childhood dreams of withdrawal from …
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On the Big Bend of the Xingu River
Writer Nina Wegner travels to Altamira, Brazil, and talks to the fishermen who are struggling for their livelihoods. The world's third-largest dam, the Belo …
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Entering Homes: A Year Inside Yangon’s Dangerous Buildings
Elizabeth Rush shares her experiences inside post-colonial Yangon, a failed empire being rebuilt and in need of preservation.
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Orchestra of the Wild
Bernie Krause, known as the father of soundscape ecology, describes how he came to record the voice of the natural world.
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Rivers and Stories

Learn more about the cultural history and health of rivers around the world.

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Crossing Place: A Year in Varanasi
Travel writer and ecologist, Piers Moore Ede, describes his experiences in Varanasi where he encounters the ubiquity of death in this ancient city.
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Small Talk: Life on a Farm
Author Luanne Armstrong reflects on what happens when we engage with the natural world.
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Modernizing Mustang: A Hidden Tibetan Kingdom Meets Its Future
The watch on Chime Ningjing Gurung’s wrist shines in the sun, its imitation platinum metal echoing the gleam of a Rolex. Chime (pronounced Chim-eh) is …
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The Future As Seen From Greenland
Author Craig Childs confronts the reality of climate change from a remote scientific outpost on Greenland's ice sheet.
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Choosing a Warning Label for Human DNA
Charles Wohlforth examines the role of human beings within and without the context of their own ecosystem.
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