GRAHAM T BECK writes

Hey, Bear!

Warning: The great American wilderness is home to many hungry stomachs, including some that reside in animals weighing 600 pounds more than you. Also: They travel in groups.

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Written by graham t beck

January 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Posted in The Morning News

Liner Notes for Christmas

Christmas is a time for family and friends and very weird songs that only get played once a year. Eleven holiday songs researched and fact-checked to explain their appeal, including the mystery behind endorphins solely released by Mariah Carey.

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Written by graham t beck

December 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Posted in The Morning News

The Perfect Forecast

Predicting the weather is an incredibly complicated task—and stopping it altogether is even more difficult. But that doesn’t mean scientists aren’t trying. A story of obsession, cloud seeding, and very powerful storms.

Read more at The Morning News.

Written by graham t beck

December 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Posted in The Morning News

Cuomo’s Crossing

The Tappan Zee Bridge that currently spans the Hudson River isn’t your average crossing. When it opened in 1956, it was a marquee connector that helped complete the 496-mile New York State Thruway, then the state’s largest post-war achievement and a sprawling monument to its evolving suburban identity. Within 40 years, the bridge had become known for another distinction: congestion. By the 1990s, it was carrying 150,000 vehicles each day — 50 percent more than its capacity — and people had begun to talk about replacing it, with plans for multi-billion-dollar rebuilding coming out of Albany. Nearly 300 public meetings and $88 million later, the state had a pretty good idea of what it needed to do — build a bigger bridge with mass transit facilities. Then, with a short press release and a quick news conference, everything changed. In October of 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Thruway Authority unceremoniously scrapped more than a decade of studies and community planning in favor of a fast-tracked bridge plan without a new mass-transit component or broader corridor improvements. In a comprehensive telling of this costly state planning debacle, journalist Graham T. Beck explains how the Tappan Zee’s undoing reflects trends in infrastructure development that threaten to undermine the country’s movement toward sustainability.

Read more at Next City.

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October 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Posted in Next American City

When the Town Stops Burning

For 50 years, a fire has been raging in mining tunnels beneath Centralia, Pa. With the town mostly evacuated long ago, what’s left? Mostly journalists and other outsiders looking in.

Read more at The Morning News.

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April 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

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The Ghost of Berserker Christmas

Until the 1820s, it wasn’t unusual for groups of young men to celebrate Christmas by getting drunk, putting on their sisters’ clothes, and heading over to the boss’s house to scream and bang pots in the cold until they were offered a plate of food and a glass of liquor—or “figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer,” as a holiday drinking song of the day put it.

Read more at The Morning News.

Written by graham t beck

December 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Posted in The Morning News

The Hidden Cost of Farmers’ Markets

There is a lot to like about local food. It tastes fresh, fosters community, supports regional farming and has a certain cachet that’s drawing Americans to farmers’ markets in droves. It’s also putting more small farmers and their produce-filled box trucks on the nation’s roads, which is raising questions about local food’s carbon footprint and the significance of a metric at the heart of the farm-to-table movement: the food mile.

Read more at The Atlantic Cities.

Written by graham t beck

November 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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