Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Signs of movement

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

Politics

This Native American activist was kicked out of the Senate for singing thanks

"Goosebumps crawled up my arms and I thought to myself, SING! Sing you fool!" says Greg Grey Cloud, the Sioux whose song made Elizabeth Warren grimace.

Politics

How oil ate the heart of North Dakota

A New York Times investigation traces how oil-money influence and federal absence left a state's environment open to pillage.

Food

How do Whole Foods’ $6 cupcakes help Detroit’s urban poor?

A reporter's deep dive into Whole Foods' Detroit launch suggests that it will take more to change the inner-city foodscape than one new store.

Food

Robots have done unspeakable things to your steak

And unless the FDA acts by year's end, labeling rules won't come to the tenderized meat market until 2018 at the earliest.

Cities

The Daily Show skewers Detroit over water shut-offs

The show's Jessica Williams cracks wise about ball washers as the city's water department continues shutting off accounts.

Politics

Would you like some spies with that right to peacefully assemble?

Forty different federal agencies are keeping themselves busy spying on the American public, according to a New York Times study.

Politics

What Harvey Milk can teach today’s green activists

As environmental causes move from national to local, we can take some notes from the tragic but phenomenally successful story of "The Mayor of Castro Street."

Business & Technology

The “sharing” economy cozies up to subprime auto loans

Bad car loans are nothing new, but they don't move us in any direction we should be wanting to go.

Politics

Chevron spent $72 per voter to defeat these green candidates — and failed

A refinery town's activist and green governing coalition prevails in the face of an oil company's millions.

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