Spring 2018/Issue 2

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THE DEMOCRATS’ HOT PROSPECT

Kamala Harris has been a United States Senator for just a year. For a party in desperate search of new national stars, that’s plenty of time to make her a potential contender for the 2020 presidential nomination. Now it’s up to her to decide if she’s ready. By Phil Bronstein

FEAR AND LOATHING IN BIG SUR

Who would hire Hunter S. Thompson to take care of a rustic Big Sur coastal estate? That ill-advised decision led directly to the founding of the famed Esalen retreat. By John Markoff

TOMMY CHONG GETS THE LAST LAUGH

After spending nearly 50 years as a stoner hero and advocate of marijuana use, Tommy Chong finally finds himself on the right side of the law. By Bill Wyman

BERKELEY’S LATEST POLITICAL MOVEMENT: THE ANTIFA

Berkeley, the legendary epicenter of political activism, finds itself the birthplace of another movement: the black-clad protestors known as the “antifa,” scourge of right-wing commentators. By Will Carless of Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting

Alice Waters: Recipe for Rebellion

The woman who changed the way we eat looks back at nearly 50 years of running her famed restaurant, Chez Panisse—and looks forward to innovative ways to feed the next generation. In conversation with Will Hearst.

REWIRING THE HUMAN BRAIN

Who needs artificial intelligence? Elon Musk and a cast of prominent researchers are searching for a better way by connecting the human brain to the computer. By Jennifer Ouellette

Napa South of the Border

An influx of chefs and winemakers has transformed the hardscrabble country around Ensenada, Mexico. Their vineyards, and a cuisine that features native ingredients and techniques, have created a hot new destination for foodies. By Michael Bauer

SHOOTING ON THE EDGE

Nature photographer and rock climber Gordon Wiltsie left the Eastern Sierra mountains for the Pacific coastline and now trains his eye on the beaches, birds and ocean creatures at the water’s edge. Photos by Gordon Wiltsie

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