The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado's headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes listeners on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the US-Mexico border where the river runs dry.
"Of two or three really good books about water this might be the best"
In this remarkable challenge to conventional thinking about the environment, David Owen argues that the greenest community in the United States is not Portland, Oregon, or Snowmass, Colorado, but New York City.
"Great take on common themes"
Everything you've been told about being green is wrong. The quest for a breakthrough battery or a 100-mpg car is a dangerous fantasy. We are consumers, and we like to consume greenly and efficiently. But David Owen argues that our best intentions are still at cross-purposes to our true goal: living sustainably while caring for our environment and the future of the planet. Efficiency, once considered the holy grail of our environmental problems, turns out to be part of the problem - we have little trouble turning increases in efficiency into increases in consumption.
"Interesting Observation from a Journalist"
"Happy Birthday", by Adam Gopnik; "Face Time", by James Surowiecki; "The Dark Ages", by Jill Lepore; "Notes from Underground", by David Owen; "A Fork of One’s Own", by Jane Kramer; "Marv Albert Is My Therapist", by Jesse Eisenberg; and "Kids’ Stuff", by David Denby.
In this issue: "Saudi Shakeup", by Steve Coll; "The Inexplicable", by Karl Ove Knausgaard; "To Have and to Hold", by Jill Lepore; "Where the River Runs Dry", by David Owen; "Good Night", by Emily Nussbaum; and "High Gear", by Anthony Lane.
"Alien Nation" by John Cassidy; "The Soundtrack of Your Life" by David Owen; "Nostalgia" by George Saunders; "The Understudy" by David Sedaris; "Here's Why" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Drawn to Gypsies" by John Updike; and "Splitsville, U.S.A." by Nancy Franklin.
"Southern Discomfort", by George Packer; "That Sunk-Cost Feeling", by James Surowiecki; "The Psychology of Space", by David Owen; "The Party Faithful", by David Remnick; and "Violent Screen", by Anthony Lane.
"Another Great Issue"
"Deluded" by Steve Coll; "The S.A.T.'s Watchdog" by David Owen; "Printing Money" by James Surowiecki; "My Billy" by Paul Rudnick; "Citizen Penn" by John Lahr; "On Top" by Sasha Frere-Jones: Mariah Carey's record-breaking career; and "Tobacco and Drugs" by David Denby.
In this issue: "A Truce in Syria" by Dexter Filkins; "Courting Business" by James Surowiecki; "Learn Different" by Rebecca Mead; "Dirty Hands" by David Owen; "Says You" by Nathan Heller; "Can You Keep a Secret?" by George Packer; "Laverne & Curly" by Emily Nussbaum.
It was the upset to end all upsets. On 8 April 1967 at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, a 100-1 outsider in peculiar blinkers sidestepped chaos extraordinary even by the Grand National's standards and won the world's toughest steeplechase. The jumps-racing establishment - and Gregory Peck, the Hollywood actor whose much-fancied horse was reduced to the status of an also-ran - took a dim view. But Foinavon, the dogged victor, and Susie, the white nanny goat who accompanied him everywhere, became instant celebrities.
"Bonds Unbound", by James Surowiecki; "Free Radicals", by Alice Munro; "Call Me Loyd", by David Owen; and "Eerily Composed", by Rebecca Mead.
"Behind the Wall", by Amy Davidson; "Good-Luck Charm", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Against the Grain", by Michael Specter; "Bakeoff", by Adam Gopnik; "Floating Feasts", by David Owen; "Medical Meals", by Rivka Galchen; and "Making the News", by Anthony Lane.
"Membership Dues", by Steve Coll; "Live from New Jersey", by Alec Wilkinson; "Attica Is All of Us", by Ian Frazier; "Jobs and the G.O.P.", by James Surowiecki; "Survival of the Fitted", by David Owen; "Dr. Don", by Peter Hessler; "The Secret Shopper", by Jenny Diski; and "Road Kill", by Anthony Lane.
"Rights and Wrongs", by George Packer; "Ready for Launch", by Mark Singer; "The Treatment", by Malcolm Gladwell; "The Inventor’s Dilemma", by David Owen; and "Roulette Russian", by Julia Ioffe.
"Missing", by Alexis Okeowo; "Rogue Element", by Nadya Labi; "The Yips", by David Owen; "No Time", by Elizabeth Kolbert; and "Big Guy", by Anthony Lane.
"Taking Control", by Margaret Talbot; "Free Fighting", by Kelefa Sanneh; "Great Expectations?", by James Surowiecki; "Children of the Dirty War", by Francisco Goldman; "Scars", by David Owen; "Diamond Dancers", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Not Child’s Play", by Anthony Lane.
"Suffering", by George Packer; "Helpless", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Bundles of Cable", by James Surowiecki; "Kid Goth", by Dana Goodyear; "Louche Change", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Dime Store Floor", by David Owen; "Heavy Artillery", by George Saunders; and "Survival Stories", by Anthony Lane.
"Sentenced" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Oops Con" by Ben McGrath; "Title IX Babies" by David Owen; "How Fred Flintstone Got Home, Got Wild, and Got a Stone Age Life" by Larry Doyle; "Me Media" by John Cassidy; and "Save Us" by Anthony Lane.
"Offenses", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Tiny Wheels", by David Owen; "First at Ninety", by Rebecca Mead; "Planning for Defeat", by George Packer; "Portrait in Evil: My Story", by Larry Doyle; "Crybabies", by Jerome Groopman; "Space Cases", by Anthony Lane
"Abramoffed" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Name That Source" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Your Three Wishes: F.A.Q." by David Owen; "Here Below" by Roger Angell; "Eat and Run" by Steven Shapin; "Hello, Again" by Sasha Frere-Jones; "American Idiots" by Nancy Franklin; and "Chill" by Anthony Lane.