How Fear Took Over the American Suburbs

By Sarah Holder | January 14, 2021 | Something goes terribly wrong at a nuclear power plant. The response is muddled by corporate greed, and the public is threatened by (but ultimately spared from)massive environmental catastrophe. That’s the basic plot of The China Syndrome, a movie starring Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon released on March 16, 1979. It also happens to have … Read more

The NIMBY Principle

By Laura Bliss | July 26, 2019 | Susan Kirsch’s backyard is, predictably, beautiful. Past the sunny wooden patio, tomatoes, blueberries, and poppies blossom between rugged pathways. A birdbath draws sparrows to the center; a lemon tree drapes over the back fence. But all is not perfect. Next door, her neighbors recently added a detached room, … Read more