Introducing Two New Blogs: The Blue Marble and The Riff

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Though still a bit beta, please check out our two new blogs. The Blue Marble is our blog on the Environment and Health (and related policy) while The Riff is our culture blog: basically the space where we can rant about books, music, movies, TV, celebrities, eating, gaming, and whatever other leisure activities come to mind. MoJo staff will contribute to both new blogs, but we’re also fortunate to have MoJo contributing writer and science geek extraordinaire Julia Whitty anchor Blue Marble. And over at The Riff, DJ Party Ben (aka Ben Gill), king of the mashups, will provide us with occasional mashups, music reviews, and rants on whatever he damn well pleases.

So we expect some tasty mashups from Ben in a day or so*. Meanwhile, if you want to learn why we chose the name Blue Marble, read this.

*Update: Party Ben has just posted his first 2007 Mother Jones Mashup: Faithless vs. George W. Bush’s SOTU. Go take a listen at The Riff.

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