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Your Tongue Can Save the World


Lit Fest delves into what we fear, how we relate in extremis

Over The Edge

Climb Every Mountain

After a season like this, you have no choice but to look with admiration at the Iowa State sports fan. 

Life is, indeed, different for Cyclones. Unlike your typical Nebraska Cornhusker, there is no burning anxiety leading up to and following Saturdays in the fall. Iowa State fans seem satisfied merely fielding a team and are pleasantly surprised when that team walks off the grid iron with a win. Sure, there are...

Grab Your Nuts this Christmas

Holiday season swells with junk food treats. Sugar cookies, fudge, candy canes, fruitcakes and more. But amid the high-fructose corn syrup, chemical colorings and trans fats, there is a healthy option. It’s nuts.

Botanically speaking, true nuts are the fruit of the plant order known as Fagales, which includes most common trees. Most the nuts from that group of plants are correctly called tree nuts, including...

Over The Edge

A Commitment to Paper and Ink

If you didn't read the publisher's note, please go read it now. It gives the whys behind The Reader transitioning from a weekly newspaper format to a monthly magazine format. The shift in publication calendar in January means the end of the longest-running alternative weekly newspaper in Omaha history.

I make it sound bleak. In fact, the change will be looked upon as an improvement by many. Moving to monthly will...

News You Can Use, November 2014

“We aggregate so you’ll cogitate.”

The Good

Europe Says No to GMO A couple high profile GMO labeling initiatives narrowly failed at the polls this month. There was, however, a sparkle of good news about the anti-GMO movement. The European Union’s Environmental Committee determined that member countries of the EU have the legal right to ban GMOs in basically any way, shape or form. The approved text would entitle...

Charles Ahovissi brings West African culture to the Heartland

Art often expresses culturally-specific stories but until the Omaha-based African Culture Connection surfaced in 2006 West African tales were rarely if ever explored here. 

Led by Benin, West Africa native and veteran dancer-choreographer Charles Ahovissi, ACC's dedicated to presenting the vibrant rhythms, movements, colors and costumes of African tribal tradition and culture. 

In upcoming appearances he and his...

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