July/August 2002

It’s Easy Being Green by Bill McKibben

Power companies know it, automakers know it — Only the White House doesn’t seem to get it: The next energy boom has nothing to do with oil.


Prevailing Winds by Alex Markels

After decades of blowing off renewable energy as a utopian fantasy, Big Energy is turning to wind power.

Open Season on Open Space by Bob Burtman

From Utah’s red-rock wilderness to Wyoming’s Powder River country, the Bush administration is laying down the law for the nation’s wild places: oil and gas first, nature second.

Disorders, Made to Order by Brendan I. Koerner

Drug companies say millions of Americans suffer from pathological anxiety, post-traumatix stress, and crippling shyness. Is the nation witnessing an explosion of mental disorders — or an epidemic of marketing?

Liverpool’s Heart of Darkness by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Two centuries ago, Liverpool prospered as slavery’s port of call. Now, its once-bustling docks are idle, and its past is tainted by a crime for which no apology can atone.



Readers sound off on Christian evangelists in Muslim countries, reforming welfare reform, and more.


Radioactive Recycling: If the Department of Energy has its way, the nation’s nuclear garbage could end up in everyday items like bicycles, frying pans, and baby strollers.

Root Rustlers: In Appalachia, a new cash crop could save forests and communities — if poachers don’t get it first.

Hellraiser: A Thirst for Justice


A dumpy fashion statement; Cusack for President; and menstruation a la Vinnie.

A Surrender to Trust by Rick Perlstein

Not since Richard Nixon has a president kept as many secrets as George W. Bush. Have we forgotten the lessons of Watergate?

The Commons by Sue Halpern

In Philadelphia, a mural project is proving that art can change the world — or at least a couple of blocks.


Cell phoners of the world, unite.

Media Jones

Music’s global fusion — a special report; Twin Towers fallout; plus book and film reviews.

Re: Action

Resources for getting involved.


Cartoon by Greg Clarke.