By STEVE WEINBERG
Journalism & Media
Listening to Cougar
By Marc Bekoff and Cara Blessley Lowe, editors
University Press of Colorado $24.95
Reviewed by David Baron
Compared with North America's other apex predators, cougars get little respect. Whether measured by screen time on the Discovery Channel or dollars raised for their protection, wolves and grizzlies gain the lion's share of attention.
Wallace Stegner and the American West
By Philip L. Fradkin
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, $27.50
Reviewed by Laura Paskus
In his new book, Wallace Stegner and the American West, Philip L. Fradkin delves into the writer's upbringing, passions, his artistic influences and his demons.
Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy
By Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks
Island Press $25.95
Reviewed by Tom Henry
Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas calls Apollo's Fire a "brilliant, inspiring book on the need to set goals and find future solutions to achieve clean, efficient energy."
Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery
By Jim Motavalli
$26.95 Da Capo Press
Reviewed by Bill Kovarik
Hermits and wild men of every shape and motivation have long been fixtures of world folklore. From John the Baptist to TV's Bear Grylls, survival in the wilderness has been a hallmark of integrity and, sometimes, intelligence.
By ROGER ARCHIBALD
Protecting the cloud forest ecosystem of a nearly-extinct bird with a magnificent plumage.
By AMY GAHRAN
Media aren't what-or where- they used to be, especially when it comes to news.
As an example, look at May 12, 2008, when in the wee hours of the morning (by U.S. reckoning) users of the popular social media service Twitter broke the news of a major earthquake centered in Chengdu, China, three minutes before the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake reporting site posted its announcement.
By BUD WARD
For years – make that decades – it was a term I applied to myself with honor.
I figured I'd take it to the grave with me, there being no finer epitaph.
Now, dem's fightin' words. Insulting, disparaging, or, at the very least, anachronistic.
The Association of Health Care Journalists wrote the Obama administration asking it to end the practice of making reporters go through public affairs offices to arrange interviews with federal experts and, in some cases, having public affairs people monitor those interviews.
By TIM WHEELER
No story dominates environmental news coverage these days like climate change. To be sure, there still are pressing environmental issues that have little or nothing to do with climate, such as human exposure to toxic chemicals. Butclimate affects so much of the natural and human world that it encompasses—or at least connects with— many of the traditional environmental stories reporters have covered for years, including fisheries, energy, endangered species and pollution, to name just a handful.