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July 01, 2006

Media Lounge

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Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks PILGRIM ON THE GREAT BIRD CONTINENT
a book by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Less concerned with Charles Darwin's theory of evolution than his evolution as a naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt plumbs the experiences that turned a seasick amateur into one of the most famous scientists of all time. Haupt argues convincingly that Darwin's naive but observant eye let him see elegance in birds others described as gawky--and then helped him make the important scientific connections no one else had.

Sierra Club Chronicles: Rats to Roses RATS TO ROSES
a television program by Tamra Raven
Public gardens can be community oases in a concrete world. In New York City, they also became ideological battlegrounds, pitting feisty neighbors against developers who want to turn leafy meccas into more concrete. Part of the Sierra Club Chronicles series, the story of this showdown airs on Link TV on July 13 and 27. You can also order a DVD or download the episode at sierraclub.org/tv.

Underwater to Get Out of the Rain: A Love Affair with the Sea UNDERWATER TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN
a book by Trevor Norton
A marine biologist whose "love affair with the sea" began as boyhood admiration for an adventurous television diver with an attractive wife, Trevor Norton shares his passion with humor and charm. His easygoing prose embraces both the eccentrics who study the ocean and the unpretentious sponges, amorous dolphins, bisexual barnacles, and "Einsteins among invertebrates" (octopuses) that dwell in it.

a film by Davis Guggenheim
Who knew a PowerPoint presentation could be so, well, powerful? In this film version of his oft-given speeches on global warming, former vice president Al Gore makes line graphs funny and shocking as he explains how carbon dioxide emissions are leading up to a deadly "collision between our civilization and the earth." Though much of the news is dire, Gore deftly uses the metaphor of Earth as seen from space to show that our planet is small enough for us both to harm and save. climatecrisis.net
Let's Talk Let's Talk: Discuss this selection with your friends and neighbors.

a radio show by Josh Dorfman
As a meat-loving, hot-water-hogging, MBA-holding New Yorker, host Josh Dorfman brings a guilt-free, pro-market bent to his weekly Internet radio show. Dorfman's interviews spotlight ecofriendly entrepreneurs who have found creative ways to turn a profit with products that appeal to hippies and yuppies alike. Tune in at lazyenvironmentalist.com.


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