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Sari de la Motte

An expert explains what you’re saying when you’re not saying anything at all.

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Sari de la Motte, 37, is a guru of the unspoken. And since 95 percent of all human communication supposedly falls under that category, de la Motte has a lot to work with—from the way we cross ou ...   More
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Beth Slovic, Amanda Ingram

Lester Brown

Why this prominent environmentalist thinks the Copenhagen Conference is “probably obsolete.”

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Next month’s global climate conference in Copenhagen does not lack for dire warnings from environmentalists about what failure would mean for the world. For example, Bill McKibben (“Q&A,&r ...   More
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 HENRY STERN

Bryan Suereth

Older and wiser, Disjecta’s founder bets on a better arts future despite economic woes.

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More than a year after opening its splashy 12,000-square-foot exhibition space in NoPo’s Kenton neighborhood, plucky arts nonprofit Disjecta is surviving the economic meltdown and forging forwar ...   More
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Rana Husseini

What this Jordanian journalist wants to tell the world about honor killings.

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Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini can never forget the way the uncles of a 16-year-old murder victim dispassionately described how their niece deserved to die. “It was as if they were speaking ...   More
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 HENRY STERN

Tracy Kidder

A Pulitzer Prize winner revisits the Burundian civil war with one of its survivors.

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In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder inhabited the world of a globe-trotting Boston doctor to produce an absolute page-turner about an absolutely boring topic: pub ...   More
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Marie Richie And Kat Jensen

Two urban farmers help to make a barter economy a reality.

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Farmers markets throughout the metro area—from PSU to Hillsboro to Milwaukie—may tout local produce, but how many can trace their green beans to the corner of Southeast 33rd Avenue and Div ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Caitlin Mccarthy

Susan Barry

For this scientist, the world was flat until she was 48 years old.

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Susan Barry grew up in a different world from the rest of us. Nothing ever loomed out of the darkness, or swung back and forth. She had trouble focusing on words while reading, and 3-D movies were a w ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Jenny Booth

Justin Machus

Of all the clothing boutiques in all the towns in all the world, Dave Chappelle moonwalks into his.

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CALL AND RESPONSE: Justin Machus (left) texted that he had a special visitor in his Local35 store; hours later Dave Chappelle (inset) was mobbed by fans in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Justin Machus pho ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 AARON MESH

Raven Zachary

iPhone designer on apps for Obama, music, golf and farts.

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Need to know what liquor store is open late? There’s an app for that. Dude, where’s my car? Use the app that retraces your steps. Got to train your dog? There’s a whistle app. The w ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Heather Morse

Richard Thomas

A seasoned movie extra’s take on Oregon’s film shoots.

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Richard Thomas doesn’t mind being considered an extra. He’s been one for 20 years, starting in Astoria at John Jacob Astor Elementary School, where Arnold Schwarzenegger shot Kindergarten ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Alex Peterson
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