Utne Reader

Sep 26

Arunachalam Muruganantham’s interest in the state of menstrual hygiene in India began in 1998 when he discovered that his wife was using dirty rags in place of sanitary napkins to save money for food. 

Sep 25

Psychiatrist David D. Burns talks about the importance of walking to the gates of hell with his patients when dealing with anxiety and depression:
"When Burns asks the therapists who would have backed off when Terri said she was going to die, almost all raise their hands - despite knowing that the best treatment for most people with anxiety is exposure to the very thing they fear most."
 

Psychiatrist David D. Burns talks about the importance of walking to the gates of hell with his patients when dealing with anxiety and depression:

"When Burns asks the therapists who would have backed off when Terri said she was going to die, almost all raise their hands - despite knowing that the best treatment for most people with anxiety is exposure to the very thing they fear most."

 

A Lifelong Activist Reflects on the ’60s and the Future of Social Justice

Standing in CJ Brune’s cavernous library on the south side of Lawrence, Kansas, it’s hard not to get caught up in history. Along with hundreds of books on everything from Afghan geopolitics to radical feminism, the walls are adorned with countless campaign stickers, buttons, and posters. Together they recall a radical lineage: the fiery words of Emma Goldman and Eugene Debs, campaign posters for the Youth International Party, antiwar slogans demanding peace in Vietnam, Iraq, and El Salvador.

“Just take a look at gender and the web comes quickly into focus, leaving you with a vivid sense of which direction the internet is heading in and — small hint — it’s not toward equality or democracy.” — Writer and filmmaker Astra Taylor on how the internet creates space for many voices, but also reflects and often amplifies real-world inequalities in striking ways.

Sep 24

Seating Chart

Essayist Brian Doyle on the accidental intimacy of third grade life, by way of remembering the seating chart.

Poet B.J. Best beautifully captures the shared experience of childhood with prose poetry based on classic video games in his latest book But Our Princess Is In Another Castle. 

Poet B.J. Best beautifully captures the shared experience of childhood with prose poetry based on classic video games in his latest book But Our Princess Is In Another Castle

“I wanted to make the best possible disease-detection instrument that we could almost distribute for free. What came out of this project is what we call use-and-throw microscopy.” —

Stanford University bioengineering assistant professor Manu Prakash on the disease-detecting paper microscope he helped design that that costs less than 50 cents to produce. 

The Building Blocks of Society
LEGO makes strides, but comes under scrutiny for its partnership with the oil company Shell.   

The Building Blocks of Society

LEGO makes strides, but comes under scrutiny for its partnership with the oil company Shell.   

Sep 23

Finding Happiness By Cultivating Positive Emotions

Most scientists who study emotions focus on negative states: depression, anxiety, fear. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson has spent more than 20 years investigating the relatively uncharted terrain of positive emotions, which she says can make us healthier and happier if we take time to cultivate them.

Your Brain Might Be a Radio: How “fantastic” stories unlock the nature of consciousness.

The mind can know things distant in space and time because it is not limited to space or time.