Mike Daisey has traveled to faraway islands and sprawling Chinese factories, and he's used what he learned there to craft two monologues about materialism, the meaning of money, what he calls the religion of finance, and the human cost of our love affair with electronic gadgetry. Also, Stephanie Rearick describes a system of alternative currency called TimeBanking.
What lessons have been learned from the Jared Loughner shootings and the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre? Is it that college instructors and staff need to intervene to prevent violent episodes from occurring in the first place? Benjamin Reiss objects to what he sees as the intrusion of psychiatric risk assessment and intervention into the classroom.