Issue: March 20, 2014

Good morning, readers:

In this week's cover feature on MOOCs (rhymes with "nukes"), educators ask whether the massive online open courses are a failure. They've been ultra-hyped, and many of them are taught by rock-star-like professors, but do they have the reach to change education as we know it?

In Newlines, you'll meet Eva Bartlett, a touring journalist who stopped into Chico to talk about her experiences living in the Gaza Strip. You'll find an update on political activist Don Bird's mission to oust Sen. Jim Nielsen from his post. There's an update on a fish survey at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, and also a piece on what the U.S. Postal Service could do to sustain itself.

In Arts, there's an interview with Tommy Castro in advance of his upcoming performance at the Big Room. Speaking of music, check out the preview of all of the upcoming CAMMIES showcases.

You'll find a piece on high-altitude wines in Chow, and much, much more throughout the issue.

Enjoy! And happy first day of spring!

-Melissa Daugherty, CN&R editor