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U.S. tries to sentence eco-activists as terrorists, and more

Read the news items highlighted in this week’s podcast: Trouble With a Capital B Murdoch, She Wrote Or Are You Just Happy to Sue Me? Clarion Caller Remember When Driving Was Fun? Plus, He Made That Boat Sink Read the …

Umbra on cane toads

Dear Umbra, I’m currently studying in Australia. I was recently in Queensland, where as you probably know, cane toads are a huge problem. There are over 200 million of the toxic toads, and this invasive species has been killing off …

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Friday music blogging: Dolorean

You know what’s nice on a sleepy Friday afternoon? A love song. Here’s one of my favorite love songs of the last decade: “Dying In Time,” by Dolorean. (They have a fantastic new album called You Can’t Win, but this …

‘Close your eyes’

Don’t miss Tom Engelhardt’s elegiac graduation speech. I cringe to think what I might have to tell a graduating class in 10 or 20 years.

So That’s Why Their Little Hearts Beat So Fast

New hummingbird species discovered, imperiled by cocaine trade It’s hard out here for a gorgeted puffleg. The hummingbird species with the fabulous name was just discovered in southwestern Colombia, where farmers slash and burn 1,235 acres of cloud-forest habitat every …

U.S. dilutes G8 climate draft, and more

Read the articles mentioned at the end of the podcast: Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Not Talk About Friday Never Felt So Right Sheddy Mercury Doin’ What Comes Unnaturally So What’s Plan C? Read the articles mentioned at the end …

Umbra on graduation gifts

Dear Umbra, The recent question about a senior gift to the school got me wondering: what are some green gift ideas for graduates? Misty Boyd Tahlequah, Okla. Dearest Misty, Cash. You could help them set up a retirement account. With …