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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Obama the Conservationist" by Elizabeth Kolbert: Despite Congress's opposition, he has put more acreage under protection than any other President.

DEPT. OF PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
"The Secret Life of Plants" by Ariel Levy: How ayahuasca, an ancient Amazonian hallucinogenic brew, became the latest trend in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley.

LETTER FROM ALASKA
"The New Harpoon" by Tom Kizzia: Few Americans are as affected by climate change as Alaska's Inupiat, or as dependent on the fossil-fuel economy.

BOOKS
"Young Guns" by Patrick Radden Keefe: Child soldiers in foreign conflicts are treated as victims. What about the adolescents on the U.S.-Mexico border?

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Family Matters" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of The Light Between Oceans and Max Rose.

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