Ashley Braun

Ashley Braun is Grist's News Producer and (unofficially) its Official Puntificator. She's also a science nerd, a lazy runner, an organic container gardener, and an accidental "expert" on topics like cross-country relationships and social media.

are we dreaming?

D'juno actress Ellen Page wants to plant an idea in your head?

We don't usually include earnest video pleas among the usual snark of The Grist List, but for the adorable actress Ellen Page, we'll make an inception to the rule. Watch her video message!

the taste you grave

SunChips not-so-quietly buries its noisy compostable bags

Which is noisier: the SunChips compostable bag or the snacklash from chip-eaters who prefer their chips to crunch more loudly than the packaging? For now, it's RIP (but not in a compost pile) for the noisy packaging.

hugs, not smugs

Will bike for hugs [VIDEO]

Does the sight of swarms of cyclists in your city leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy too?

Breaking kiddiction

Hamburgers are the new heroin [VIDEO]

An intense new video shows kids being turned into junk-food junkies. Plus, parents learn a valuable lesson about serving XXX's and OOO's while trying to Feed the Children.

crosstown ladies sing this song, do-da, do-da

New Mexico bus opera to give moving performances

The Crosstown #5 bus opera set to debut in Santa Fe will almost certainly be a ride you won't want to miss. Just sit back and let the music move you.

yo, homes, smell you hata

Teens label Abercrombie and Fitch's constant stink 'air pollution'

By maintaining a constant level of cologne sprayed both inside and outside their stores, Abercrombie and Fitch gives everyone the chance to be the prince of a town called Smell-Air.

not just taking you for a ride

New Yorkers get free public transit to Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' [VIDEO]

Don't go crazy trying to figure out the most environmentally friendly way to get from New York City to Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, D.C. The founder of Huffington Post has got you covered. See the whole thing go down on Tuesday's episode of The Daily Show.

I'm smitten, Ms. Jackson

A love song for Lisa Jackson, EPA chief

It's not every day that the top administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a love song written for her. Give her serenade a listen.

the name game

Grocery stores try setting up fake farmers markets

Farmers markets have got a good thing growing. Unfortunately, copycats have been cropping up as they try to get their paws on the green that comes with that success.

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