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The Human-Powered Home
The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors is a compendium of information on the physics and physiology behind pedal-powered, treadled, and hand-cranked devices. In includes plans for building your own human-powered machines and stories about how these devices are used around the world. Published by New Society Publishers, 2008. Excerpt

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Fire and Time
A personal and historical exploration of Midwest prairie fires and their role in land management from pre-settlement to present day. Published in Midwestern Gothic, Winter 2018. Excerpt
Third World Water
What do residents of rural Tanzania, Flint, MI, and Kewaunee County, WI have in common? Undrinkable water. "Third World Water" connects their stories. Published in The Chaffin Journal, 2018. Excerpt
Letter to a Young Borrelia Burgdorferi
A brief address to the Lyme bacteria, "Letter to a Young Borrelia Burgdorferi" appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the Seneca Review. Excerpt
Good Neighbors
When beavers came between us and a farmer up the road, we knew something more was at stake. Published in The American Scholar, Winter 2017. Excerpt
Shelter and Storm
This essay, in the Summer 2015 issue of The Southern Review, braids the story of Woody Guthrie's recently rediscovered novel, House of Earth, with our experience of building a mud-brick home, which, like the characters in Guthrie's novel, we imagined would shelter us from economic and environmental storms. Excerpt
When a tornado tears through a beloved landscape, is it possible to just let nature heal itself? Published in The American Scholar, Autumn 2010. Excerpt
In Case of a Famine: Stalking the Wild Groundnut
How did a vital, indigenous food source, well-known to Thoreau and Native Americans, become just another weed? Published in Orion, November-December 2007. Excerpt

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The Birth of a Station: Low Power Radio Brings Real Power to Detroit Neighborhood
An article about Detroit's only community-supported lower-power FM station which aired its first broadcast on May 11, 2017. Excerpt
Fabulous Farm Babe Pam Jahnke is a Bold Voice for Wisconsin Agriculture
Profile of Pam Jahnke-- a.k.a. theFabulous Farm Babe--Wisconsin's iconoclastic farm broadcaster. Cover story in Madison's Isthmus, July 11, 2014. Excerpt
The Fight Over Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin
In the middle of a frac sand mining boom, local officials across the political spectrum speak out against an attempt by some Wisconsin legislators to remove local control over the sand mines. Cover story in Madison's Isthmus, March 20, 2014. Excerpt