A dead 40-foot gray whale drifted ashore north of Port Ludlow, Washington, on May 28.
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A dead 40-foot gray whale drifted ashore north of Port Ludlow, Washington, on May 28.

A whale of a view

Gray whale as lawn ornament. A chat with the new head of the Nature Conservancy. And the case for incrementalism.

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Correction 6/18/19 6:05 p.m.: An earlier version of this web post incorrectly identified Stefanie Worwag.

True life: there's a whale in our yard

Stefanie Worwag and Mario Rivera have an unusual visitor to the beach in front of their home. It’s not a broken down car on blocks… exactly. It’s a gray whale corpse. We asked them why they said yes to the whale and what it’s like to watch (and smell) a leviathan decay.

Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell is former Secretary of the Interior, former CEO of REI, and now the new leader of the world’s biggest environmental organization, The Nature Conservancy. She spoke about a culture of sexual harassment and pipeline access, and what climate change will mean for how we use the outdoors.

Adam Gopnik, A Thousand Small Sanities

American democracy is currently being blasted for its slow pace. But New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik says that sluggishness is a feature, not a bug, of our democracy – and one worth defending. His new book is A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism.