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One of the pleasures of reading The Conversation is learning something new and often surprising. For example, while I was always impressed by the graceful and noble giraffe, I didn’t know the average one roamed over 140 square miles – nearly the size of Philadelphia. Some range as widely as 1,500 square miles. Those are two of the facts I learned while reading Michael Brown’s recent piece, which was edited by senior environment and cities editor Jennifer Weeks. Brown, a conservation ecologist, and his team tracked 148 giraffes from all four species to better understand how they can coexist with humans.

Another thing I wasn’t previously aware of came from Middlebury College American studies professor William Nash. His article on country music, edited by technology editor and musician Eric Smalley, explores songs about reproductive rights and how the genre has a surprisingly liberal lineage despite stereotypes of it being inherently conservative.

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An average giraffe has a home range almost as large as Philadelphia. Michael Brown

Giraffes range across diverse African habitats − we’re using GPS, satellites and statistics to track and protect them

Michael Brown, Smithsonian Institution

The largest ever giraffe tracking study shows how these massive animals are responding to human pressures across many different habitats throughout Africa.

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Molly Tuttle is a rising star in American roots music. Amy Harris/Invision/AP

With ‘Goodbye Mary,’ Molly Tuttle extends country music’s lineage of reproductive rights songs to the post-Roe era

William Nash, Middlebury

From the pre-Roe years to today, country musicians have written about the realities of life with restrictions on reproductive rights.

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