What happened on February 15, 2004
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The Casting Crib Michelle Levander, Michelle Levander is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
Some Like It Pink DAVID LEITE, David Leite last wrote for the magazine about celery root.
The Perfume of Plumerias Fred Leonard, Fred Leonard is a freelance writer based in Tucson.
Beyond the Trappings Eryn Brown, Eryn Brown last wrote for the magazine about Southern California's real estate boom.
The OD MD Fred Dickey, Fred Dickey last wrote for the magazine about illegal immigrant labor.
Losing Russia Charles William Maynes, Charles William Maynes is president of the Eurasia Foundation, which promotes political and economic reform in the former Soviet Union. He is the former editor of Foreign Policy.
Los Angeles' Sins of Commission Steven P. Erie, Steven P. Erie is a professor of political science at UC San Diego and the author of "Globalizing L.A.: Trade, Infrastructure, and Regional Development."
Erasing Racial Data Erased Report's Truth M. Gregg Bloche, M. Gregg Bloche teaches law and health policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities and is at work on a book about conflict between medicine's therapeutic and public purposes.
Junk-Food Boycott Could Make a Big, Fat Difference Greg Critser, Greg Critser is the author of "Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World" (Houghton Mifflin), recently published in paperback.
United States Can't Let Haiti Slip Into Abyss Michael Marx McCarthy, Michael Marx McCarthy is a research associate in Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Out of the Fog Howard Morland, Howard Morland, a former Air Force pilot and congressional military policy analyst, is the author of "The Secret That Exploded."
Bush Conjures Up Ghost of Nixonomics Bruce J. Schulman, Bruce J. Schulman is professor of history at Boston University and the author of "The Seventies."
Fresh Outta the Farm and Straight to Compton Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi, Robert Gottlieb is professor of urban and environmental policy at Occidental College. Anupama Joshi is director of the California Farm to School Program, based at the Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College.
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Spies, cops and cover-ups Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Charting the landscape of the mind Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Teaching that's not by the book Robert Boyers, Robert Boyers is editor of the quarterly Salmagundi and Tisch professor of arts and letters at Skidmore College. His most recent book is "A Book of Common Praise."
Private moments, primal beauty Ginger Danto, Ginger Danto writes on the arts for a variety of publications.
Born in the U.S.A. Elizabeth Partridge, Elizabeth Partridge is the author of a biography of Dorothea Lange, "This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie" and a forthcoming biography of John Lennon.
The ugly fruit of racist roots Daniel Levitas, Daniel Levitas is the author of "The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right."
Edwardians on the edge Stephen Toulmin, Stephen Toulmin is Henry R. Luce professor in the multiethnic and transnational studies department at USC. He is the author, most recently, of "Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity" and a former fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
In the moment, ever so jarringly John Palattella, John Palattella writes about poetry for the Nation and the Boston Review.
One God, three religions Jack Miles, Jack Miles, a MacArthur Fellow (2003-07), is senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust and the author of "God: A Biography" and "Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God."
Among many secret worlds Paula L. Woods, Paula L. Woods is the author of the Det. Charlotte Justice series, which includes "Inner City Blues."
For armchair travelers Marion Winik, Marion Winik is an NPR commentator and the author of "First Comes Love."