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20
Jan

Gold Rush Port

James P. Delgado is the President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. His previous books include Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea, Across the Top of the World: The …

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14
Jan

The War Comes Home

Aaron Glantz, an independent journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation and The Progressive and on Democracy Now!, is the author of How America Lost Iraq. In his latest book, The …

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13
Jan

Women of the Klan

Kathleen M. Blee is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Blee’s book, Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920’s, was first published with critical acclaim in …

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10
Dec

California’s Owls

You don’t see them very often, but California has more kinds of owls than you might realize. Fifteen species in fact, give or take a few. This uncertainty makes a lot of …

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09
Dec

Startled by Butterflies

Butterflies are such a common sight that we can be excused for thinking we understand these beautiful insects. They fly around on big floppy wings, visit flowers, and their larvae are called …

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08
Dec

The Hidden World of Galls

Galls are something you can be forgiven for overlooking, but they’re an important and surprisingly common feature of the natural world. In fact, gall expert Ron Russo has found as many as …

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05
Dec

Life in the Chaparral

Winter is a special time in one of California’s most distinctive and widespread plant communities. Whether you travel to the dusty hillsides of southern California, to the fog drenched slopes of the …

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04
Dec

The Beetles of Summer

Beetles may be California’s most exuberant expression of life. Over 7000 species have been discovered in California and many more await discovery. Beetles are fascinating to study because they have so many …

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03
Dec

Desert Amphibians

The deserts of Southern California are dusty and strewn with cacti, blisteringly hot in summer and utterly devoid of rainfall for months at a stretch. Who would think that amphibians would be …

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