The Opposite of Cold: Event tonight, plus book trailer #2

We invite those in the area to visit the book-release party for The Opposite of Cold tonight (Thursday, 9/30) beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Swedish Institute. A reception with food and a cash bar begins at 6; a slideshow presentation and book talk with the authors and an introduction by architect David Salmela … More The Opposite of Cold: Event tonight, plus book trailer #2

Activism and the new agricultural biotechnologies

This week’s author feature is from the authors of Fighting for the Future of Food: Activists versus Agribusiness in the Struggle over Biotechnology, which tells the story of how a group of social activists, working together across tables, continents, and the Internet, took on the biotech industry and achieved stunning success. Rachel Schurman is associate … More Activism and the new agricultural biotechnologies

Laurie Hertzel series, Part 5: When I Was … 38, and embarking upon a new career adventure.

When I Was … is a monthlong series that appears on this blog on Mondays throughout September. The series, by Star Tribune books editor and author Laurie Hertzel, moves chronologically through Hertzel’s early years and adventures in writing and while on assignment at the Duluth News-Tribune. You can find links to previous entries in the … More Laurie Hertzel series, Part 5: When I Was … 38, and embarking upon a new career adventure.

THE OPPOSITE OF COLD: Michael Nordskog and Aaron Hautala discuss their new, incredible Finnish sauna book and provide a few key pronunciation tips.

Michael Nordskog (from left) grew up in the heart of North American sauna country, and currently works as an attorney, writer, and editor. Aaron Hautala is the creative director and owner of RedHouseMedia in Brainerd, MN. His photographs have appeared widely throughout Minnesota. Last month, writer Michael Nordskog and photographer Aaron Hautala visited the Press … More THE OPPOSITE OF COLD: Michael Nordskog and Aaron Hautala discuss their new, incredible Finnish sauna book and provide a few key pronunciation tips.

How the Philippine government propagates a model of "labor brokerage," even in a time of global economic crisis.

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University. She is author of Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World. ——- Despite an unprecedented global economic crisis, Filipinos are leaving the Philippines in the thousands for employment in hundreds of countries overseas. It seems rather paradoxical; how is … More How the Philippine government propagates a model of "labor brokerage," even in a time of global economic crisis.

Laurie Hertzel series, Part 4: When I Was … 30 and stumbled upon the biggest story of my life.

When I Was … is a monthlong series that appears on this blog on Mondays throughout September. The series, by Star Tribune books editor and author Laurie Hertzel, moves chronologically through Hertzel’s early years and adventures in writing and while on assignment at the Duluth News-Tribune. You can find links to previous entries in the … More Laurie Hertzel series, Part 4: When I Was … 30 and stumbled upon the biggest story of my life.

On the crisis of public education

If you regularly keep up on education issues or the latest documentary releases or are an all-around movie aficionado, you’ve likely seen this compelling and emotional preview for the much-talked-about documentary Waiting for Superman, which is directed by An Inconvenient Truth‘s Davis Guggenheim and opens nationwide in October. What you might not have heard is … More On the crisis of public education