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Essay: Modern American obstetrics is great at reacting to catastrophe, but less skilled at preventing it
Forget the placebo effect: It’s the ‘Care Effect’ that matters
Dr. Alex Hughes thinks he can make you smarter, thinner, and less hungover by injecting water with ingredients he found in the hospital. But his company, Function Drinks, first has to fight for shelf space amid all the other health drinks promising miracle cures.
Act One: In Iowa, No One Can Hear You Squeal
From the 2007 Showtime television season on the struggle to make the perfect pig.
Distracted by a mysterious rash of dying bees, researchers may be overlooking a more insidious pollinator crisis. It has little to do with bees and everything to do with booming markets for raspberries, pears, and chocolate.
Inside the raw-milk underground
The making of the modern pig
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco performed Gabriel Faure’s Requiem on Veterans Day, and broke with tradition, dedicating the music not just to fallen soldiers, but to all souls.
At this time of year, Messiah singalongs are traditional. Move over Handel, it’s time to grab your tutu and dance along to The Nutcracker. And that’s just what they did earlier this month in San Francisco, where the audience got to participate — preferably in costume.
A magazine article as live performance, delivered April 22, 2009, at Pop-Up #1 in San Francisco.