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Heartland Healing

Red Meat Roulette

Heartland Healing

Watermelon, Man

Doctor Mysterian

The End of Government

Comic Con Report — Day Three & Four

More Prairie, Less Pizzazz

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...

I Want a New Drug

This week, I write about…drugs.

Yes, drugs. Because to an extent, I'm a virgin to the topic. I've never taken drugs. I've never even smoked weed before, as odd as that sounds considering I've spent a good part of the past 20-odd years writing about rock bands and rock music and rock shows where no doubt handfuls of pills and bails of cheeba have been consumed somewhere below my sullen gaze. 

There was a time in...

Trouble Sleeping? Meditation vs. The Drunken Monkey

A friend visits from Los Angeles two or three times a year. Often when he’s here, the topic of sleeplessness creeps into conversation. Last time, I invited him to tell me about it.

“I have no problem falling asleep,” he said. That’s understandable. He’s one of the hardest working people I know. At day’s end, he’s exhausted. “But after a couple hours, I wake up and can’t go back to sleep. My thoughts are racing with...

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