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On Islam, white supremacy, and the myth of the empire of liberty
YOU MIGHT NOT know it from watching the news these days, but the U.S. is engaged in multiple wars across the world, both declared and undeclared.
Wisconsin DNR: Paddle tales
Public Seminar: The History of Virtualizing Touch
From electricity to vibration, haptic technology is changing the relationship between touch and media
CaMP Anthropology: Interview with David Parisi
The book’s narrative arc is organized around five successive phases of interfacing, beginning with touch’s productive interfacing with electrical machines in the 1740s, and concluding with touch’s expression in recent attempts to market digital touch technologies like vibration-enabled touchscreens.
MPR: Where to find native Minnesota wildflowers
If you want to see native Minnesota wildflowers this weekend, you should head to Jay Cooke or Banning state parks. That's the expert recommendation of writer Phyllis Root and photographer Kelly Povo.
International Falls Journal: History on tap / Howard Greene
Howard Greene was a not only a Milwaukee businessman and father to four children, but starting in 1906, he added adventurer to his achievements as well; making extensive canoe expeditions into the wilderness with his young sons, a few of his outdoorsmen friends, and a few of his sons’ school friends.
Kare 11: Breakfast with Beatrice
Beatrice Ojakangas, author of Breakfast with Beatrice, stopped in the KARE 11 Kitchen to whip up a delicious pancake to share.
Largehearted Boy: Lemon Jail playlist
Lemon Jail: On the Road with the Replacements is an insightful and entertaining account of tour manager Bill Sullivan's time with the band.
There Are Better Ways To Fight Poverty Than Giving Money To Corporations
If we consume junk with no discernable use, we’ll help others we’ll never see while we continue to enjoy, and not question, our own privilege.
The best new cookbooks for summer meals
Featuring BREAKFAST WITH BEATRICE by Beatrice Ojakangas.
Boston Globe: Lemon Jail
Over the years, Boston has been friendly to many upstart rock bands, notably the Velvet Underground, who were a mainstay at the Tea Party in the ’60s, and U2, whose first foray to America brought them to the Paradise in 1980. The Hub was also home away from home for the Replacements, according to a new book by the band’s longtime roadie and unofficial fifth member, Bill Sullivan, who says the misfits from Minneapolis felt like they belonged in Boston.
Isthmus: A mesmerizing story
Peters’ scholarly, yet accessible, prose takes readers into the shadowy corners of Minneapolis and the sinister mind of a “man without a soul,” as Hayward was deemed. This sordid tale is packed with mesmerism, psychopathy, spiritualism, yellow journalism and capital punishment.
"An unusual and rather good memoir"
The Arctic is the front line of climate change. Because of global weather patterns, heat accumulates at the poles and the climate is changing twice as fast in the Arctic. The consequences are stark, and The Right to be Cold details them in this striking personal account of environmentalism in the North.
Searching for 'utopia' in 'Wild Mares'
A worthwhile look at non-traditional 20th century farming, and at Midwestern lesbian history.
Reading Matters: Add these to your summer list
Margi Preus’s burgeoning series promises to satisfy the cravings of young “whodunit” fans.
WTIP: Cary Griffith
Author Cary Griffith stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with WTIP's Jay Andersen about his recently published book Gunflint Burning. The book is a comprehensive account of the dramatic events surrounding the Ham Lake fire of 2007. Griffith talks about where he got the inspiration to write this book, as well as the writing process.
Anything but bland: Beatrice Ojakangas on 'Breakfast with Beatrice'
Scandinavia is known for many things — cross-country skiing, wool sweaters, blond hair and ABBA. But, perhaps unfairly, the foods of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland are stereotyped as slightly uninspired, white and bland. "It's not bland!" says Beatrice Ojakangas. "Maybe it's the way we've started to prepare it lately, but it's real, natural, good food, and it is so tasty."
Pioneer Press: Memoir chronicles woman’s life as a lesbian on the land
Dreams fulfilled, partly fulfilled and lost by women who wanted to do things their way — on the land and together — is the theme of Dianna Hunter’s memoir “Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life”.
Star Tribune: Gunflint Burning
A riveting account of the Ham Lake Fire — a disaster that didn't have to happen.
Foreword Reviews: Iron and Water
Grant Merritt’s enthralling story is a model for activists everywhere.