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Power Steer (raising beef cattle)

When a Crop Becomes King (corn)

An Animal’s Place (animal rights)

Review of Greg Critser’s Fat Land, a book about the American diet

Corn and Obesity

Mass Natural: Organic reaches Wal-Mart.

Note: Pollan’s latest splendid book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Penguin Press 2006), incorporates material from these earlier writings. See:

Michael Pollan’s Ecology of Food, by Harold Fromm, in Hudson Review, Autumn 2006: 517-24.

Unhappy Meals (The Western Diet)

Related article (not by Pollan): Is Whole Foods Straying from its Roots? (from NYT, February 28, 2007)

You Are What You Grow (The Farm Bill’s effect on obesity)

Weed It and Reap (on the latest farm bill, from NYT November  4, 2007))




“Gorgeous Glimpses of Calamity: Man-made perils to the universe’s garden of life are evident from space.” (from NYT, Aug. 18, 2013)

Climate Change Will Cause More Energy Breakdowns, U.S. Warns (NYT, July 11, 2013)

Phoenix’s Too-Hot Future (Arizona Daily Star, March 19, 2013)

John E. Karlin, Research Psychologist/Human Factors Engineering (NYT Feb. 9th, 2013)

Is This the End? (James Atlas on Hurricane Sandy and the Future of NYC.)  NYT, November 24, 2012

The Climate Fixers, by Michael Specter (from the New Yorker, May 14, 2012)

Arcosanti, north of Phoenix (from NYT February 16, 2012

Naomi Klein’s Analysis of Obstacles to Climate Damage Reform (NYT Opinion Pages, Dec. 7, 2011)

Biosphere2 to have a permanent home with the UA (from UA News, summer 2011)

Jeremy Grantham: Environmentalist on Wall St. (NYT Magazine, August 14, 2011)

Meter Ticks off Miles and Fee to Driver (NYT , August 10, 2011)

Evolution Right Under Our Noses (NYT, July 26, 2011)

Artificial Light, Melatonin, Sleep, and Human Health (from NYT, July 5, 2011)

Megafires May Change the Southwest Forever (from Wired Science, June 30, 2011)

A Field Guide to Bullshit (from New Science, June 13, 2011)

Mind Control and the Internet (NYRB, June 23, 2011)

Gut Bacteria in Three types (NYT, April 21, 2011)

Rising seas to inundate coastal areas by 2100 (U. of AZ College of Science)

A Scientist, His Work, and a Climate Reckoning (NYT, December 22, 2010)

Freeman Dyson: An overview from The Atlantic

The Southwest as first victim of climate change (from NYT, December 14, 2010)

New York Times series on our chemically compromised water supply

A Revolution in Glass-making (NYT, June 15, 2008)

The energy cost of using old appliances (from NYT, May 10, 2008)

Bottled Water: A Bad Habit (from NYT, July 15, 2007)

Energy Hogs (from NYT, June 14, 2007)

The Arid West (from NYT, April 4, 2007)

Heat Invades Cool Heights of Arizona Desert (from NYT, March 27, 2007)

Biofuels backfire (from NYT, January 31, 2007)

Agent Orange (from SCIENCE, January 12 2007)

Electricity by the Hour (from NYT, January 8, 2007)

Saving Pima County Cactus (from NYT, April 14, 2006)

Will San Francisco Survive Its Next Earthquake? (from New Scientist, April 15-21, 2006)

Pigs and Antibiotics (from NYT, May 17, 2006)

Electronic Wastes Reclaimed (from NYT, May 17, 2006)

The Greening of Chicago (from NYT, May 17, 2006)

Biosphere2, Development, & SaddleBrooke (from NYT, May 28, 2006)

Biosphere2 in 2008: rescued by University of Arizona

The Threat to the Planet, by Jim Hansen (NYRB)



Garry Wills on the retirement of the Pope (NYT February 12th, 2013)

Freedom and Diversity, by Timothy Garton Ash (NYRB, November 22, 2012)

Does U.S. Constitution Still Serve Us? By Sanford Levinson

Our Imbecilic Constitution, By Sanford Levinson

“I Hunt but NRA is Not For Me” (NYT, April 25, 2012)

One Nation Under the Gun, by Jill Lepore (from the New Yorker, April 23, 2012)

Silencing the Guns, by Drew Westen (NYT, March 26, 2012)

Technology in the Classroom (NYT, Sept. 3, 2011)

Capitalism’s Dismal Future (by Paul Mattick from Chronicle of Higher Education, March 18, 2011))

Auschwitz: telling its story to a new generation (NYT, Feb. 19, 2011)

Keep Your Government Hands off My Government Benefits (NYT, Feb. 12, 2011)

The Constitution and its Worshippers, by Jill Lepore (from the New Yorker, Jan.17, 2011)

Daily Life of a Republican (anonymous)

Arizona and New Mexico: A Different Immigration Philosophy (from NYT, May 12, 2010)

Is Afghanistan Obama’s Vietnam? By James Blight (Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 27, 2009)

Enhanced Views [A review from TLS of Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)]

Religious Belief in the U.S.(from The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 21, 2008)

Guns, after Virginia Tech (from The New Yorker, April 30, 2007)

David Remnick writes a moving tribute to Al Gore (from The New Yorker, March 5, 2007)

A Politically Correct Lexicon (from In These Times)

California: Not Simply Another State (NYT, February 10, 2007)

Japanese Internment of 1942: American Infamy (NYT, Nov. 6, 2006)




Secrets of Aging, by Carol Barnes (from The Scientist, Sept. 1, 2011)

The Brain on Trial, by David Eagleman (from The Atlantic, July/August 2011)

Criminal Minds (from the Chronicle of Higher Education, print: June 17, 2011| online: June 12) This relates well to the preceding  article by David Eagleman.

The Literary Darwinians: “Red in tooth and Claw Among the Literati” (from SCIENCE, May 6, 20011)

The Threatening Smell of Fertile Women (NYT, February 22, 2011)

Ellen Dissanayake (from U. of Washington’s Columns)

Angier on Dissanayake (from NYT, November 27, 2007)

Caleb Crain’s Lingua Franca essay on Ellen Dissanayake, October 2001,

Biotech and Genes: A Challenge to gene Theory (from NYT, July 1, 2007)

Dating the Earth (from NY Sun, June 20, 2007)

Robert Wright on Darwinism: Why Darwinism is not Depressing (from NYT, April 21, 2007)

Primates and Morality (from NYT, March 20, 2007)

Fictional Selection by Jon Gottschall (from New Scientist, March 3, 2007)

Brian Boyd on Biology, Louis Menand, and the Humanities (from The American Scholar, Autumn 2006)

Diet and Brain Size

The New Darwinism in the Humanities, by Harold Fromm (in Hudson Review, Spring and Summer 2003)

Pregnant Mother’s Diet Tweaks Genes

The Literary Darwinists (from NYT, Nov. 6, 2005)

Interview with Robert Trivers, from New Scientist (May 6-12, 2006)

Patricia Churchland on Free Will (from New Scientist, November 18, 2006)

Paul Broks on Consciousness (from New Scientist, November 18, 2006)



CT Scans and Cancer (NYT Jan.31,2014)

List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. Report (NYT January 17, 2014)


Valley Fever:

Climate Change and Valley Fever (from USA Today, Dec. 4, 2013)

Valley fever: An incurable illness in the dust (BBC News Magazine, July 16, 2013)

Valley Fever Spreads in the West (NYT, July 4, 2013)


Cigarette Ads Leave a Bad Taste (NYT, July 11, 2013)

A Free Miracle Food: Breastfeeding (NYT, July 11, 2013)

Getting a Brain Boost Through  Exercise (NYT, April ,10, 2013)

Avoiding Emergency Rooms (by Jane Brody, NYT, April 15, 2013)

Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat’s Fat (NYT, April 7, 2013)

Big Med (Atul Gawande, from the New Yorker, August 13, 2012)

Coffee: Good for you! (Jane Brody, NYT, June 26, 2012)

A Math Challenge to Obesity (NYT, May 15, 2012)

Cocktail of drugs may cloud brain (NYT, February 29, 2012)

Scorpion Anti-venom Anascorp (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2, 2012)

Aging Eyes Blamed for Range of Health Woes (NYT, February 21, 2012)

Retina Problems need to be Caught Early (NYT, Nov. 7, 2011)

Dangers in the Bathroom (NYT, August 16, 2011)

Diabetes and Red Meat (NYT, August 16, 2011)

Bike Saddles: You Want Macho Impotence? (from NYT, June 27, 2011)

1--The Epidemic of Mental Disease, by Marcia Angell (NYRB, June 23, 2011)

2--The Illusions of Psychiatry, by Marcia Angell (NYRB, July 14, 2011)

Unsafe at Any Dose: Radiation (by Helen Caldicott in NYT, May 1, 2011)

Radiation from CT Scans (from SCIENCE, February 25, 2011)

For Tendon Pain (Jane Brody, NYT, February 28, 2011)

Prostate Guidelines Cause Needless Biopsies (NYT, February 27, 2011)

Calcium and Vitamin D: Enough or Too Much? (Jane Brody, NYT, January 24/25, 2011)

Close Look at Orthotics Raises a Welter of Doubts (NYT, January 18, 2011)

Real  Life Among the Old Old, by Susan Jacoby (NYT, December 31, 2010)

The dangers of stereotactic radiosurgery (from NYT, December 29, 2010)

Major Help for Living with Macular Degeneration (NYT, by Jane Brody, December 28, 2010)

Alopecia Research Breakthroughs (NYT, December 28, 2010)

Risks for Youths from Junk Foods (NYT, April 20, 2010)

AIDS Blame (NYT, April 20, 2010)

Multiple Myeloma (NYT, Jane Brody, April 13, 2010)

NYT on Radiation Dangers (Part One)

NYT on Radiation Dangers (Part Two)

Cancer Centers Ads Use Emotion More Than Fact (NYT, December 19, 2009)

Generic Drugs Not Exactly Same as Originals (NYT, December 19, 2009)

End of life issues (NYT, Jane Brody, August 18, 2009)

Adjustable Focus Eyeglasses (NYT, August 4, 2009)

Cognition Problems after Chemo (NYT, August 4, 2009)

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders being revised (NYT, December 18, 2008)

Cancer, Not a Death Sentence, by Jane Brody (NYT, June 17, 2008)

Jane Brody reports on her three-year-old knees. (NYT, June 3, 2008)

Exercise: Comprehensive Benefits (Jane Brody, NYT, April 29, 2008)

Our Daily Meds (Review of a book by Melody Peterson: NYT March 17, 2008)



Grasping for  Any Way to Prevent Alzheimer’s (NYT, July 26, 2011)

High HDL, Mediterranean Diet, and Exercise beneficial

More on Diet and Alzheimer’s (NYT, April 20, 2010)

Diet and Exercise validated again (NYT, August 18, 2009)

Exercise Needed (NYT, May 23, 2006)

Four articles from the NYT of December 26, 2007:

1-Before a Mind Fails 

2-Changes and Stress 

3-Inheritance of Dementia? 

4-Maybe a Gene?



Careless Colonoscopies Miss Polyps (from NYT, December 14, 2006)

More on Careless Colonoscopies (from NYT, December 19, 2006)

Even More on Colonoscopies (from NYT, December 16, 2008)

FDA Warns about emetics used for colonoscopies (Assoc. Press December 12, 2008)


More Miscellaneous Medical:

Cholesterol in 2008: The latest reports (NYT, January 27, 2008)

The Checklist (Intensive Care) by Atul Gawande, from the New Yorker

Retaining Your Marbles (“Mental Reserves Keep Brain Agile”) Jane Brody (from NYT 12/11/07)

Finding Doctor Right (Jane Brody from the NYT, July 10, 2007)

Prostate Exams (Jane Brody from the NYT, May 8, 2007)

Aging and Gerontology (from the New Yorker, April 30, 2007)

Cataract Surgery (Jane Brody from NYT, March 20, 2007)

Exercise and Memory (from NYT, March 20, 2007)

Lung Cancer: Screenings vs. Survival & Mortality (from NYT, March 13, 2007)

Vision and Night Driving (from NYT, March 13, 2007)

Vitamin Supplements: Don’t Bother (from NYT, March 13, 2007)

Drug Interactions That Can Be Serious (from NYT, February 25, 2007)

Drug Interactions: Serotonin Syndrome (from NYT, February 27, 2007

Sex for Seniors (NYT, February 14, 2007)

Hormones and Breast Cancer (from NYT, December 26, 2006)

Medical Advances Since WW2 (from NYT, December 26,2006)

Fatal Falls for Seniors (from NYT, December 26, 2006)


With Strokes, Knowledge is a Lifesaver (Jane Brody in NYT, December 12, 2006)

Living Wills and Advance Directives (Jane Brody  in NYT, November 28, 2006)

Hospital Deaths (from NYT, November 14, 2006)

Men’s Health Lags (from NYT, November 14, 2006)

Remarkable article on obstetrics from The New Yorker

Sunshine: Good Medicine After All (Jane Brody)

Exercise and Water Consumption: A New Twist

More New Water Drinking Guidelines from Jane Brody

Back Pain

Routine Heart Tests Challenged

Latest Findings on Macular Degeneration (from SCIENCE)

High Glycemic Diets Bad for Macular (from NYT, July 17, 2007)

Pets and Allergies from Jane Brody

Fat Cats: Overfed Pets from Jane Brody

Eyes and Sun from Jane Brody

Senior Moments



2008: The salmon problem is worse than ever! (NYT, June 9, 2008)

Chilean Farmed Salmon the latest Disaster (from NYT, March 27, 2008)

Chemicals to redden farmed salmon can cause retinal damage

Farmed Salmon is Laced with PCB’s

Does Mercury (in fish) Matter?

NYT tests discover that most so-called “wild” salmon sold in NYC is farmed.



The Flip Side of Tilapia (NYT, May 2, 2011)



The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food (NYT, February 20, 2013)

Craft beers make it big in the U.S. and elsewhere (NYT Sept. 21, 2011)

What’s Inside the Bun? Concealed Nitrates! (NYT, July 2, 2011)

Low Salt Diet? (NYT, May 4, 2011)

Fortune Magazine on Trader Joe’s

The Multiplying Problems of Meat Consumption (Mark Bittman, NYT, January 27. 2008)

Buying Local May Have Bigger Carbon Footprint: 1--Fries and Energy (NYT, December 14, 2007)

Buying Local May Have Bigger Carbon Footprint: 2--Farmers Markets (NYT, December 9, 2007)

Buying Local : 3--Hunting for Deer (NYT, December 14, 2007)

Rats and Food Safety (from NYT, March 16, 2007)

“Healthy Foods” Not So Healthy (NYT, Nov. 6, 2006)

What is a 21st century turkey? You might lose your appetite.

Food and Cancer as of Sept. 27, 2005

Organic Milk: what is it?

The Story Behind Yellowtail Wines (NYT, April 23, 2006)

Paradise Sold: Buying Organic, Whole Foods Market, Michael Pollan, etc. (The New Yorker, May 15, 2006)

New Books on the Ethics of Food by Peter Singer and Marion Nestle

Benefits of Alcohol for Seniors (NYT, August 1, 2006)



Credit Reports: They’re Free But Flawed (from NYT, August 23, 2006)



Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (from Financial Times, August 15, 2009)

Composers’ Lives: Speed is Critical (Bernard Holland from NYT, December 29, 2007)

Western Classical Music in China (from NYT, April 3, 2007)

Western Classical Music via the East (from NYT, April 4, 2007)

George Steiner: The Muses’ Farewell  (from Salmagundi; Saratoga Springs; Summer 2002)

Robert Boyers’ Reply to Steiner ( from Salmagundi; Saratoga Springs; Summer 2002)

Dialects from Chicago to New York (from NYT, March 17, 2006)



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