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Utne Reader Spring 2019

Since 1984, Utne Reader has been the vanguard of the alternative press, celebrating independent news and views from across the political spectrum. With ideas, trends and solutions you won’t see in the mainstream media for months or even years, those who want to know what’s happening next, read Utne Reader first.

United States
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a people’s history

WHEN IT COMES TO contemporary discussions about U.S. history, an all-too-often refrain among many folks my age and older is “I never learned about that in school!” Most of the time, the newly learned information involves the extensive contributions that African Americans, women, immigrants, native peoples, members of the LGBTQ community, and many others have made toward our nation’s development. Or, it’s discovering shameful details of a buried past that have been conveniently covered up to maintain the facade of American exceptionalism. The common denominator in both instances is the glaring truth that our country’s history—the “history of us,” if you will—has been distorted, manipulated, and even fabricated from the very beginning by those in power, specifically rich white men. The times they-are-a-changin’ though, and from sea to shining sea, a…

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local news deserts and rainmakers

When the Federal Communications Commission called for research on the “critical information needs of communities,” Philip Napoli, public policy professor at Duke, was surprised by the response to his scholarly efforts. “People thought the government was putting their nose in newsrooms,” he said. “I found myself on Fox News with my donations laid out, including all of $500 for Obama,” he said. However, he recently lauded the way governments in Norway, Sweden, and Canada subsidize newspapers. Government intervention looked appealing in the wake of his study revealing “news deserts” around the U.S; where communities lack local news that meets “critical information needs.” Lewis Friedland, Napoli, and several colleagues, had identified those needs in a 2012 study for the FCC. They defined critical information as “those forms of information that are necessary for citizens…

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education in the news wasteland

Even as a high school student in Silver Spring, Maryland, Elizabeth Green noticed that education policy needed more scrutiny. The seed had been planted for what would become Chalkbeat—a nonprofit news organization that’s bringing high-quality local education journalism to areas of the United States that need it most. Green recalled her Montgomery Blair High School principal, who was black, announcing over the loudspeaker during lunch that black and Latino students needed to improve their test scores. In that diverse but self-segregated cafeteria, Green crossed race lines to interview a girl for a school newspaper story about why kids lie to their parents, but the conversation took an unexpected turn. “She said she had to work to prove us all wrong about our low expectations,” Green recalled. “I said, ‘Prove to who?’ ‘You!’…

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why can’t everyone have a home?

For Julia Rosenblatt, the solution to affordable housing was to move in with friends and family—more than 10 people under one roof. Rosenblatt, a co-founder of the HartBeat Ensemble theater group in Hartford, Connecticut, had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in local activist communities. The year was 2003, the United States had launched a war in Iraq, and the post-9/11 environment was making her think differently about what kind of life she was going to have for herself and her family. An initial group of about 20 people liked the idea of creating an intentional community: living together with a shared set of goals and values to have a life that would be more meaningful, less harmful to other communities and the environment—and more affordable. In 2008, six people moved…

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can you tolerate this?

When you go to your chiropractor, he first asks you to take off your necklace. Then he stands behind you and puts his hands around your neck. He squeezes the vertebra at the base of your skull. The vertebra feels tender as if bruised. “Can you tolerate this?” he asks. You try to nod. You hadn’t known that vertebrae could reach so far up, right to the back of the brain. “Oh yes. The vertebrae go all the way up to the head, like a ladder. Humans are really just highly evolved ladders.” You like the idea that the human body is first and foremost a structure, like flat-pack furniture or a foldaway bed. The ribs, too, go up a long way into the soft fleshy parts of the back near the…